On July,2010 it is reported that as the U.S. Federal Communications Commission started searching the means to control Internet access as a result Google Inc. augmented its expenditure on lobbying by 50 percent.
This step has been taken by FCC on the report that fifteen to twenty four million Americans still lack the access to the internet due to which they are still living in rural areas with low income. The FCC in the matter of facilitating the rural people and providing them with the broad band services and providing the rural telephone based companies with the opportunities to deliver spectrum based services has made this decision.
Last year in the period from January 2009 to June 2009 Google spent $1.8 million on lobbying activities but this year this expense jumped to $2.7 million which is 0.9 million higher as compared to the last year. The main reason outspoken is FCC action to regulate internet access.
The Federal Communications Commission is an independent organization established on the basis of Communications Act 1934 to regulate national and international radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. It covers fifty states, the District of Colombia and U.S possessions.
The FCC is functioning in the direction of achieving six objectives relating to broadband, the spectrum, the media, public safety and homeland security, and modernizing the FCC
Google head office is in Mountain View, California. As you all know it is the leading search engine providing a range of web services including web browsing, image browsing, searching for online book, Google translator, Font directory for web designers and many more. All these services are free and with out any charge.
Why FCC Tackles Regulating Internet Access
In June Google supported an FCC suggestion to look for plan on how the commission could regulate internet suppliers such as Comcast Corp founded in 1963 now country’s largest provider of cable services and Verizon Communications Inc formed in 1983.
The agency will use the same rules to regulate the Internet that it now uses to oversee telephone service proposed by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.
Verizon chief executive Ivan Seidenberg has said that this would “cause uncertainly in the marketplace, create disincentives for investment,” and make the telecommunications industry less competitive.
By a court verdict in April it was declared that the FCC didn’t have the power to criticize Comcast for blocking subscribers using peer-to-peer software frequently used to view videos.
At the outset Google demonstrated no response on the court’s decision to disregard FCC’s plan. But as the company has propped up FCC to drive common carrier status on ISP’s obscured as it was in the case and Google plunged into the defeat of network neutrality.
Because of the whole above story Google felt a need to increase its expenditure regarding lobbying and it showed a vigilant boost of 0.9 million.
So as a conclusion it can be said that Google by boosting lobbying expenditure has driven itself to a secure way.