>1) Retail is "the sale of goods in relatively small quantities to the public" (COD) or "the sale of goods to ultimate consumers, usually in small quantities (opposed to wholesale)" (dictionary.com). You would call Google's business with ISPs "retail"? Pull the other one...
Note that your definition of "retail" (which I agree with) includes specifically qualitative words and phrases: "relatively small" or "usually in small quantities". Because people's connotations of "small" differ, I included the possibility that Google may be considered a retail customer in my comment. I _also_ covered the case where Google is NOT considered a retail customer:
"or b.) Google becomes a non-retail customer who pays for rented space and network access -- which is a common voluntary lease arrangement with no indication of surcharges."
>2) Prioritising can be many things. Introducing latency (e.g. with a Packeteer) can be acheived completely without using any CoS/ToS bits, and I would call that prioritising. Lowering latency on purpose, one way or the other, could be called prioritising. I'd still call it a gray area with regard to NN.
I wouldn't -- because the NN debate (as I understand it) has focused on active prioritisation efforts by ISPs, specifically increasing priority to content providers who pay them _for_that_priority_ and, more specifically, actively decreasing priority for those who don't. While I agree that decreased latency and improved traffic flow is a side effect of colocation, that is not because anyone else's traffic is deprioritised. In fact, by potentially reducing the amount of data which must cross the internet, this colocation has the effect of increasing the potential speed of other traffic.
>3) What if Google persuades a provider to provision a physically separate network connection for their traffic from their current location and closer to the end users? Would this not be at the overall expense of other types of traffic, since the ressources consumed for this could be used to generally improve the network? If I argued that an IntServ tunnel (RSVP/whatever) wouldn't be all that different from a physically separate connection, where are we then?
The real question behind your hypothetical is whether or not Google's administrative traffic to their colocated servers is less, equal or more data, transferred at times of less, equal or more demand, as the user search traffic which will be pulled off the internet. This article certainly does not give us the information needed to answer that question. My intuition says that the answer is less data, transmitted at times of less demand, but that is only a guess. But Mr. Bennett is asking us to make a conclusion without even addressing this, and I do not think that is logical or fair.
>Assuming that Google's interaction with the ISP in no way makes the ISP change priorities is in my eyes a bit naive.
I'm not assuming that. I'm simply stating that the evidence presented in this article does not support the argument that Google is violating the principles of NN.
>In the end, I don't think Google is evil. But they are naturally greedy, just as they should be, being a publically traded company and all. Anyone thinking that Google has any other "ideal" than making money should "grow up" or "get a job and a haircut". (No offenses meant to either vertically challenged or long haired unemployed people!)
1. I am 33.
2. I have a job.
3. I got a haircut about 5 weeks ago, so I _am_ about due. But I get my hair cut pretty short so I can wait a few weeks.
4. I don't think Google are NN saints in any way. But Mr. Bennett is asking us to believe a conclusion that is not supported by the facts he presents, and he does so with some fairly loose arguments. Because he's making the accusation, the burden of proof is on him, and he fails to meet that burden in my eyes.