Google’s M-Lab will monitor ISP behaviour

by admin January 29, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Transparency ‘crucial to the success of the internet’

Google has stepped up its campaign to keep consumers informed about the quality and neutrality of their connections by launching M-Lab: a platform for monitoring internet connections.

Google insists that sustaining the internet as an “open platform for consumer choice and innovation” is of paramount importance. It believes that consumers should be able to discern if their Internet Service Provider (ISP) is providing sufficient quality connections, or using any kind of traffic management to block applications.

“When an internet application doesn’t work as expected or your connection seems flaky, how can you tell whether there is a problem caused by your broadband ISP, the application, your PC, or something else?” asks Google’s internet evangelist, Vint Cerf.

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