In an official Google Fiber blog, director of network engineering Jeffrey Burgan said that Google is open to peering and co-location deals for its developing fibre network(s), but said it will not charge for doing so.
He said Google partners with the likes of YouTube, Netflix and Akamai to make a video’s journey “shorter and faster,” though stressed “this doesn’t involve any deals to prioritize their video ‘packets’ over others or otherwise discriminate among Internet traffic – we don’t do that.”
Burgan confirmed Google invites content providers to hook up their networks directly to Google Fiber’s network in peering deals that offer a more direct connection to content. He pointed out that Google had worked with services like Netflix so they can co-locate their equipment in Google Fiber facilities. “We don’t make money from peering or colocation; since people usually only stream one video at a time, video traffic doesn’t bog down or change the way we manage our network in any meaningful way – so why not help enable it?”
The declaration is the latest addition to the reignited Net Neutrality debate as the FCC consults on its Open Internet proposals. Google has criticized paid-for peering deals entered into by Netflix with Comcast and others. The FCC wants a regime where peering can be charged for but on terms it will oversee.
Google has rolled out Gigabit-speed broadband in Kansas City, Austin and Provo, and is currently assessing 34 more US cities for the next stage of its rollout.