Google Waves The Antitrust Threat Stick To Protect Neutrality
from the yeah,-good-luck-with-that... dept
The net neutrality battle continues to take its inevitable twists and turns. Back when the telcos were threatening to charge Google extra to reach their subscribers, some people suggested that Google should call the telcos’ bluff and tell them they wouldn’t pay — which is pretty much exactly what happened. Now that it looks like there won’t be net neutrality language in any new telco bills, Google is making it clear that if it finds out a telco is trying to break net neutrality, it might just file antitrust charges against that telco. It’s not quite the same threat as using eminent domain to take over telco assets, but it could have the same overall impact: scaring the telcos straight. Of course, that assumes the telcos are actually worried about an antitrust suit. In reality, they probably realize that any such lawsuit would take many, many years — and by the time it was all decided, it wouldn’t much matter any more.