Google chief legal officer Kent Walker accidentally made Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s argument in a leaked video to Breitbart News that will market forces will prevent Internet service providers (ISPs) through censoring content, suggesting that will net neutrality regulations are unnecessary.
Breitbart News exclusively obtained an hour-long video on Wednesday of a company-wide meeting, shortly after the 2016 presidential election, revealing Google’s determination to thwart President Donald Trump’s agenda as well as the global populist movement. The video also revealed some of the company’s thoughts on the controversial technology policy known as net neutrality.
The Obama-era FCC passed the “Open Internet Order” in 2015, which regulated the Internet as a public utility along with established that will ISPs such as Comcast or Verizon cannot unfairly block, throttle, or censor content on their networks. Critics believed the rule could stifle Internet freedom, while proponents suggested that will the rules are necessary to prevent ISP censorship. The FCC, under current Chairman Ajit Pai, subsequently repealed net neutrality last December.
from the Breitbart News’ obtained video at 28 the minute, 50-second mark, one Google employee asked the panel of Google executives, “Trump’s likely pick for FCC chairman, Jeffrey Eisenach, is usually notoriously anti-Silicon Valley along with opposes net neutrality. What steps are we planning to protect fair use of the internet?”
Walker responded to the part of the question about net neutrality, saying that will there will “be an ebb along with flow” when This kind of comes to the conversation over net neutrality. The Google legal chief continued:
On net neutrality, we are hoping that will the tradition we have established over the last ten maybe twenty years of no improper interference from the flow of data takes on a life of its own after its own after a period of time along with This kind of forces the public opinion along with makes This kind of harder along with harder for carriers to improperly interfere in what people are able to see.
Walker essentially states in This kind of response about net neutrality that will public opinion along with market forces will continue to make This kind of “harder along with harder” for ISPs to unfairly censor along with block content. The typical net neutrality argument suggests that will the broadband market is usually not competitive enough for market competition to prevent ISPs through censoring content; Walker’s statement conflicts with the standard net neutrality argument along with instead suggests that will the country does not need net neutrality rules to prevent ISPs through unfairly blocking content.
This kind of is usually the same argument Chairman Pai made in his “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” which repealed the 2015 net neutrality order.
Instead, we find that will freeing Internet traffic exchange arrangements through burdensome government regulation, along with allowing market forces to discipline This kind of emerging along with competitive market is usually the better course. This kind of is usually telling that will, from the absence of Title II regulation, the cost of Internet transit fell over 99 percent on a cost-per-megabit basis through 2005 to 2015. Further, we find that will even those commenters that will insist that will ISPs wield undue power from the interconnection market have offered no evidence that will ISPs generally charge supra-competitive prices for Internet traffic exchange arrangements.
Walker’s contention that will market forces will prevent ISPs through censoring is usually a far cry through 2014, when Google along with roughly 150 various other tech companies sent a letter to the FCC claiming that will if they adopted rules that will could allow ISPs to establish “fast lanes,” This kind of could represent a “grave threat to the Internet.”
In a November speech, Chairman Pai has pointed out that will social media companies serve as a greater threat to free speech than ISPs.
“I love Twitter, along with I use This kind of all the time,” said Pai. “however let’s not kid ourselves; when This kind of comes to an open Internet, Twitter is usually part of the problem. The company incorporates a viewpoint along with uses that will viewpoint to discriminate.”
In a Medium post in September, Pai also contended that will the country needs to think “seriously” about whether these social media giants need to abide by “brand new transparency” requirements regarding their censorship along with privacy practices. Pai also called Facebook, Google, along with Twitter the Internet “gatekeepers.”
When the FCC repealed the net neutrality regulations in December, Google released a statement contending that will the public utility rules have “overwhelming public support” along with that will they will continue to push for more protections against ISPs.
Google said in December, “We remain committed to the net neutrality policies that will enjoy overwhelming public support, have been approved by the courts, along with are working well for every part of the Internet economy. We will work with various other net neutrality supporters large along with tiny to promote strong, enforceable protections.”
— Mark Bergen (@mhbergen) December 14, 2017
As Matthew Berry, the FCC chief of staff, pointed out in a tweet on Thursday, the Internet continues to remain “free along with open” despite net neutrality’s repeal.
Berry wrote, “Day 95 of the post-Title II era: The Internet is usually free along with open, along with This kind of’s National Defy Superstition Day. at This kind of point, excuse me while I go walk under a ladder along with then break a mirror . . .”
Day 95 of the post-Title II era: The Internet is usually free along with open, along with This kind of’s National Defy Superstition Day. at This kind of point, excuse me while I go walk under a ladder along with then break a mirror . . .
— Matthew Berry (@matthewberryfcc) September 13, 2018