Google Introduces New Weapon In Fight For Net Neutrality
Google announced today that it will give end users the tools to figure out whether internet service providers are interfering with their broadband connections by blocking or “throttling” certain applications.
In a move that will undoubtedly ignite the issue of network neutrality, the company has partnered with the New America Foundation and Planet Labs to further develop Measurement Labs, an open-source platform that researchers can use to find out information about broadband connections.
This is excellent news. I have always thought this was the first step in fighting for net neutrality. If I had the coding chops I'd build something onto this application that aggregated throttling activity and mapped it to applications, carriers and let people (if they wanted to) disclose what they were doing. Then we'd know how many grandparents were not able to video conference with their grand kids, how many skype conversations were cut short and the extent of damage that this behaviour caused. We'd also have some visibility into the kinds of applications and services that the throttlers were trying to defeat.