Open Internet and broadband access

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Google is a strong supporter of an open Internet. The Internet was built and has thrived as an open platform, where individuals and entrepreneurs can connect and interact, choose marketplace winners and losers, and create new services and content on a level playing field. This openness helps spark new ideas, innovation and economic growth. Openness also enables the proliferation of diverse voices on the web.

One of Google’s top policy priorities is spurring the availability and uptake of affordable, open broadband Internet service. The Internet may have been invented in the United States, but unfortunately in too many places we continue to lag behind Asia and Europe when it comes to broadband speed, penetration, and adoption.

Google’s policy recommendations

Support an open Internet

Broadband-based Internet providers should not be permitted to discriminate against, or in favor of, certain services, applications, or viewpoints on the Web.

Create more broadband competition and provide consumer protections

The current broadband environment is not bringing the real benefits of robust competition to consumers. Among other steps, the FCC should open up more room for broadband Internet use by expanding unlicensed spectrum for mobile uses. Broadband providers should be required to make full disclosure in plain words about terms of service and capacity limitations, and be held accountable if they violate those terms.

Increase broadband penetration and collect accurate data

The immense promise of the Internet remains unfulfilled for millions of Americans who do not have access to high-speed broadband Internet connections. Policymakers should utilize financial incentives, targeted subsidies and accountability measures to support broadband deployment in sparsely populated and high-cost areas. In addition, the FCC must collect accurate information about the availability, price and speed of broadband connections so policymakers can meet these challenges.