Google Changes Tune On Net Neutrality, Proposes Fast Lane For Its Content

01/15/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Henry Blodget Silicon Alley Insider

One of the most kneejerk Internet causes in recent years has been "net neutrality"--the absurd conviction that phone and cable companies who paid hundreds of billions of dollars to lay the cable that Internet data travels over shouldn't be able to charge different rates for different tiers of data service.

From the beginning, big Internet content companies like Google have fiercely championed this.

Now, however, Google appears to be realizing that net non-neutrality would actually be a boon to business--because it can afford to pay preferential fees that other companies can't. Microsoft, Yahoo, and others appear to be realizing the same thing.

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