YouTube-Amazon fight: critics call out Google net neutrality hypocrisy

Advocates on both sides of the web neutrality debate are calling out Google for apparent hypocrisy this week after it again blocked YouTube from working on Amazon’s FireTV product.

People who look at a whole lot of YouTube video clips through their Amazon streaming units got a nasty shock Tuesday when YouTube announced it would cut its video provider from the FireTV by Jan. 1 due to a “insufficient reciprocity” from the retail organization. Amazon doesn’t sell the majority of Google’s hardware goods and doesn’t produce its Prime Video service available on Google’s Chromecast.

Meanwhile, Google, Amazon, and tens of thousands of different tech firms have stood up against the Federal Connection Commission’s strategies to repeal net neutrality protections, arguing that rolling back Obama-era rules could allow internet providers to start blocking content or perhaps slowing down data from certain sites.

Advocates on the side of the ISPs express that YouTube’s latest move proves these companies aren’t as dedicated to a “free and open up internet” as they say.

“The whole level of net neutrality was said to be that the buyer could get what they want how they want on the internet,” says Scott Cleland, a chairman of NetCompetition, a forum supported by ISPs.”That’s why that is so hypocritical.”

John Spalter, of the trade association USTelecom, echoes the sentiment:

“Broadband ISPs are focused on providing an open net for their buyers, including protections like no articles blocking or throttling. Seems like a number of the biggest internet firms can’t say the same. Ironic, isn’t it?”

People on Twitter are calling foul, too, highlighting how the move demonstrates the tech giants are infringing on the ethos that they’re apparently fighting to protect:

With this most up-to-date announcement, Google is essentially blocking some users from using what is often a free of charge and open website.

“It looks like Google is placing corporate interests ahead of openness, and the interests of customers,” says John Bergmayer, of PublicKnowledge. The business likewise criticizes Amazon’s refusal to put its video provider on Google devices.

Today, people are protesting net neutrality repeal in a huge selection of Verizon stores across the country, and Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for future years, which supports the protests, says this most up-to-date spat around Amazon and Google highlights that the web neutrality fight shouldn’t be about “what the biggest names in Silicon Valley” think, but defending small businesses, startups, and regular internet users.

“This is precisely why we are looking for net neutrality,” she says.

Neither Amazon nor Google returned obtain comment. The FCC is likely to vote on rescinding net neutrality rules on December 14.

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