Sundar Pichai’s Support For Net Neutrality Stands In Stark Contrast To Facebook
“Net neutrality has been hugely critical to the way Internet has developed. The Internet has been a level playing field and I don’t think we would be here today and have a strong, free and open Internet without net neutrality. We’re very committed to it. Google benefitted a lot from having strong net neutrality in place.
– Sundar Pichai
These comments come as part of Sundar Pichai’s visit to announce new Google initiatives for the India, which is expected to have the most Android users in the world in 2016. Google’s unequivocal support for net neutrality stands in stark contrast to Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook, which has been driving its Internet.org initiative in places like India to offer free access to some aspects of the internet but not all. Zuckerberg has argued that “it’s too expensive to make the entire internet free,” which, in his eyes, justifies Facebook’s selective offering of services. Pichai’s visit comes at a time when the country is hotly debating the issue of net neutrality and the way it’s affected by zero-rated services such as those offered by Internet.org.
In expressing such strong support for net neutrality, Sundar Pichai is only reiterating the company line, which Google has made abundantly clear through its advocacy of a free and open internet. But his comments, like those he made recently in opposition to religious discrimination in the wake of a spate of terrorist attacks, now have the added gravitas of coming from the CEO of one of the world’s largest companies. Like Tim Cook at Apple, Pichai seems to be growing more assertive in his statements and taking personal positions that assert the direction in which he wants to lead his company.
Content source: The Verge
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