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Google Committed to Net Neutrality

December 17, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Over the past couple of years, one of the bigger topics, in terms of the internet, has been Net Neutrality. While some companies have been treating some data differently from other data that passes through their network. Some companies want all data to be treated the same. And there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be. Should an Internet Service Provider slow down your connection because you are streaming video over Netflix, YouTube or Hulu? No they shouldn’t. That’s what the internet is there for. We’ve seen a few laws coming out for net neutrality, which is going to treat the internet like a utility. This is to keep ISP’s from gouging their customers, or at least try.

Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai is in India right now, and was speaking this morning about Net Neutrality. Stating that net neutrality is important to an open and free internet. And adding that “We’re very committed to it. Google benefitted a lot from having strong net neutrality in place.” And Pichai is correct. Google has benefited a ton from having net neutrality in place.

Currently, Pichai is in India visiting and speaking at various venues. Announcing plans that Google has for Android and India for 2016. Next year, India is slated to have the most Android users in the world. And with these initiatives set forth by Google’s CEO, this is going to be a big year for Android’s growth as well. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has been working to bring internet to India so that everyone can get online. Although, their Internet.org isn’t available everywhere, Google is hoping to bring Project Loon to cover the entire country. Internet isn’t available in every household in India, but Google and even Facebook are looking to change that. Albeit to increase the number of users each company has, and have more people using more of their products.

As of now, China is the world’s largest mobile market. However, India is slated to take over China in the next few years, and it could even happen as soon as next year. Hence the reason why many smartphone makers have been targeting India in recent months, to expand their operations. Everyone, seemingly, wants a piece of the pie in India.