According to reports in today's Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, Google and Verizon, both major online players, are close to finalizing an agreement that would have Verizon speeding some online content more quickly than other content if the content's creators pay for it. YouTube, which is owned by Google, could greatly benefit by having its bandwidth weighty videos get priority treatment.
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Google, however, told Computerworld this morning that there is no basis to the reports.
"The New York Times is quite simply wrong," wrote Mistique Cano, a Google spokesman, in an email. "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."
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