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# verizon - Friday 7 March, 2014

# verizon - Thursday 6 March, 2014

Investors at a loss on Eircom shares

Tax-free cash payout for many but no sign of profit.

# verizon - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

US court strikes down 'Net Neutrality' rule

Supporters of Net Neutrality say the decision could give major telecom operators the power to block or degrade services, while promoting their own.

# verizon - Monday 2 September, 2013

Here’s What Happened Today: Monday

Everyone’s talking about Pat Kenny versus Sean O’Rourke and the funeral of Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney.

Vodafone sells stake in Verizon wireless for $130 billion

In what is the second-largest acquisition deal on record, Verizon will now wholly own the biggest mobile operator in the US.

# verizon - Tuesday 11 June, 2013

Google asks US for permission to reveal scale of data transfers

Google says it’s barred from revealing how many national security requests it follows, and wants to let people know.

# verizon - Friday 7 June, 2013

Google, Facebook, Skype, YouTube also tapped by US government

The Director of National Intelligence has denounced the leaks of highly classified documents that revealed the programs.

# verizon - Thursday 6 June, 2013

Phone records 'critical' to war on terrorism, says White House

Obama administration collects telephone records of citizens even if they are not suspected of terrorism.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Good morning! Here are nine things you want to know as you start your day.

Top secret: US government continues with Bush-era phone monitoring

The National Security Agency is collecting the phone records of millions of US customers of Verizon under a top secret court order.

# verizon - Tuesday 13 November, 2012

Vodafone makes €2.4bn loss on southern European woes

Mobile giant blames tough trading conditions in southern Europe for losses.

# verizon - Thursday 3 May, 2012

Samsung reveals new flagship Galaxy smartphone

Samsung’s much-anticipated Galaxy S III – the biggest competitor to Apple’s iPhone – will go on sale in Europe on May 29.

# verizon - Thursday 19 August, 2010

AMERICAN TELEVISION HOST Jon Stewart is the latest in a line of critics to blast the proposals made by Google and Verizon, a US Internet Service Provider, regarding internet traffic.

The companies have joined up to deal with what they call the “thorny issue of network neutrality”, which would consist of a tiered system of information access for users.

The proposals have worried and enraged internet users who believe that compromising net neutrality will destroy the internet as we know it, which is currently a level playing field that allows all users to access information they want.

Speaking on his programme, The Daily Show, Stewart accused Google of “flip flopping” on the issue. He said that while “Google doesn’t get to write laws”, the company does operate beyond the confines of a simple internet search engine:

They just photograph and post where everybody lives and republish every book ever written and negotiate with the Chinese government while building floating data centres in the ocean…

Last week a  group of protesters gathered outside Google’s headquarters in California to protest against the proposals. Protesters were especially angry about the agreement that wireless networks shouldn’t be subject to the same net neutrality restrictions as wired networks.

Calling on Google to live up to its informal motto of “Don’t be evil“, the protesters brought 300,000 signed petitions from users all over the world who disagree with the proposed plans.

Google have said that they support the principle of net neutrality and that the idea of a tiered system is simply a proposal.

Read the Google-Verizon agreement here.

Users can let their feelings on the matter be known at

# verizon - Tuesday 10 August, 2010

IN A MOVE that has caused panic to ripple through websites, newspapers and broadcast bulletins across the world, Google and leading US Internet Service Provider (ISP) Verizon have made a deal about what they call the “thorny issue of network neutrality”.

The proposed deal has alarmed many who believe that is will be the precursor to the end of the internet as we know it. The “thorny issue” of net neutrality that Google refers to on its blog could be described, in other words, as the current system of non-discrimination in relation to the kinds of online content accessible for users.

“Net neutrality” is what many see as the gem of the internet; it is the great equaliser that puts your uncle’s blog about gardening shoulder to shoulder with giants like Amazon or Facebook.

The controversy surrounding the proposals by Google and Veziron centre on the fear that the companies would introduce a tiered system of website access – ultimately meaning that users would pay for the privilege of accessing their favourite sites quickly. By favouring some sites over others, online innovation and natural growth would be impeded – and that’s before accusations of censorship begin to crop up.

Both Google and Verizon deny that the proposal is meant to endanger net neutrality.

Read the Google-Verizon proposal here.

Regardless of the intentions of the two companies, the proposal is  subject to approval by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – the States’ communications watchdog – and also the US Congress.

The FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, who it would seem is not enamoured by the companies’ proposal, has issued the following statement concerning the matter:

Some will claim this announcement moves the discussion forward. That’s one of its many problems. It is time to move a decision forward—a decision to reassert FCC authority over broadband telecommunications, to guarantee an open Internet now and forever, and to put the interests of consumers in front of the interests of giant corporations.

# verizon - Friday 6 August, 2010

A REPORTED DEAL between Google and US telecommunications company Verizon has led to fears that the internet, as we know it, may soon become a thing of the past.

The partnership have been accused of being involved in talks about a new system for how internet traffic is carried over networks.

Fears have been raised that the plans, if true, could introduce a tiered system of bandwith access -  meaning the end of a level playing field for internet users.

On Thursday, the New York Times said that the two companies “are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege”.

It added that this could  “overthrow a once-sacred tenet of Internet policy known as net neutrality, in which no form of content is favoured over another”.

The news of such a deal has sparked worry across the web, prompting to launch a petition beseeching “Google: Don’t be Evil“.

Blog Skeptisys has this disquieting vision of a post-neutral internet age.

Google denied the accusations outright on Friday, saying to The Guardian: “The New York Times is quite simply wrong. We have not had any conversations with Verizon about paying for carriage of Google traffic. We remain as committed as we always have been to an open internet.”

Verizon said: “Our goal is an internet policy framework that ensures openness and accountability, and incorporates specific FCC (the US Federal Communications Commission) authority, while maintaining investment and innovation. To suggest this is a business arrangement between our companies is entirely incorrect.”