Google Fiber TOS Says No Servers, Just Like Every Other TOS
08/02/2013

Google Fiber TOS says no services, just like every other TOS. It is hoped by users that Google would be bringing a fresh take on running an ISP to the US instead of doing what everyone else is doing.

Online PR News – 02-August-2013 – San Francisco, California – It is starting to look like a different kind of prison for advanced users that what was one believed to be a miracle in the form of crazy fast internet from Google.

Net neutrality means to get thrown around quite a bit to describe the freedoms that we deserve as Internet users. The base of the concept is really simple: we'd like the service providers to simply not care what we're doing with our connections to the net. As long as we're not harming the network. Don't throttle or block our connection to sites and services that you as the provider don't approve of, and don't try to tell customers what hardware or software they can use in their own homes. Google has been a huge proponent of net neutrality in the past, so when their terms of service

(TOS) for their own IPS service included language that suggested servers would't be welcome in the Fiberhood it ruffled a few feathers.

In the term that service for a Google Fiber connection is an agreement which states users will "not host any type of server" without express written permission from Google. The definition of a server is the first thing that comes to mind as soon as you read this. Google is supposed to be only a man who has a rack in his living room that holds a blade cluster supporting a massive piracy ring. Servers come in all shapes and sizes today. You can take a $35 Raspberry Pi and make it a server for your own personal RSS service, you can host a server on our computer for a friendly game of Castle Crashers with three of your friends from around the world, and some people even use servers to access their home security systems when they are not at home. There's so much in the world today that falls under that category that it seems a little odd Google wouldn't be more specific in their TOS.

It would appear that the decision to act on your violation of the Google Fiber TOS is entirely based on whatever the employee responsible for making the final decision thinks is alright to have to connect to their fiber line from house. That's the reason that Google would implement steps to assure that their networks aren't being abused. That imaginary guy with the blade cluster in his living room could cripple a local fiber node, or consume 77TB of data in a month just because they can. Google has to hold themselves to the same standards as the rest of the industry intent. This language is part of every IPS's terms to make it easy for the company to take action against child pornographers or running the world's largest TOR server. It's also there in the event that someone runs their own emails server and gets taken over by a spam bot without their knowledge, and is largely the reason most ISP's offer a business class connection to advance users.

Most users won't be affected by this anti-server statement, but the hope was that Google would be bringing a fresh take on running an ISP to the US instead of doing what everyone else is doing.