Google has warned it will start anti-trust suits against any US telecom service providers that do not allow its content to be freely distributed over the internet.
The US Senate is set to approve new telecoms legislation that will make it easier for telecoms providers such as AT&T and Verizon to offer their own subscription services over broadband connections.
There were moves to write “net neutrality” into the legislation to ensure that services from rival companies such as Google – which rely on the underlying internet infrastructure owned by the telcos – were given equal broadband access speeds and quality of service.
However, this net neutrality was rejected by the legislators, with some of them even suggesting that companies like Google should perhaps build their own telecoms infrastructure instead.
Vint Cerf, Google vice-president and a pioneer of the internet, told a conference in Bulgaria that Google would sue any telco that charged customers more for accessing Google content over their broadband connections.
Cerf said that if “something bad” happened after the legislation was passed, Google would not hesitate to take legal action and run to the US Department of Justice, which could start its own anti-trust investigation if it agreed with Google’s concerns.