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Google Denies Selling Out, Defends Net Neutrality Pact with Verizon


Google responded Thursday to heavy criticism of its agreement with Verizon Communications, saying it compromised in order to move the ball forward on a net neutrality law because it appears the Federal Communications Commission had lost its ability to be an adequate watchdog.

In a blog post titled “Facts About Our Net Neutrality Policy Proposal,” Google’s senior media and telecom counsel, Rick Whitt, attempted to debunk five “myths” the company said have been circulating since the firm announced its legislative blueprint with Verizon on so-called net neutrality rules.

First, Whitt said Google did not "sell out" on net neutralty—the principle that all Web content should be accessed equally by consumers.

"We’re not saying this solution is perfect, but we believe that a proposal that locks in key enforceable protections for consumers is preferable to no protection at all," said Whitt, one of the most vocal proponents in recent years of broad net neutrality rules at the FCC.

From The Washington Post
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