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Poll: 32 percent approve of web traffic prioritisation

Opinion divided on net neutrality debate

Google and Verizon may have moved to quash rumours of a traffic-prioritisation deal, but almost a third of web users would approve of such an arrangement, according to a PC Advisor survey.

It was reported last week that internet companies, such as Google, would soon be able to pay a fee to Verizon for faster delivery speeds on services such as YouTube. But the firms have since denied the rumours, instead releasing proposals that would not allow for any prioritisation of Google's traffic on the public internet.

These rumours were greeted with outrage that net neutrality - the principle that no data traffic is prioritised over any other - as being violated. Yet our poll found that respondents were almost exactly split between approving and disapproving of the speculative arrangement.

We asked: 'Google is rumoured to be working on a deal to pay Verizon for faster delivery speeds to its websites. What do you think?'

Almost a third (31.6 percent) ticked 'Approve', while a fractionally smaller group (30.9 percent) plumped for 'Disapprove'.

Interestingly, the largest group of respondents selected 'Don't know/other', reflecting the confusion and divided opinion surrounding this matter.

Based on 301 votes, Thursday 12 August. Have your say in the poll, or join the discussion in PC Advisor's forums.

See also: 5 potential problems with a Google-Verizon net neutrality pact



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