Additionally, McAdam denied that his company's embrace of more openness on its network and its partnership with Google had anything to do with the proposed network neutrality regulations that the FCC is considering. Under the proposed regulations, carriers would not be allowed to favor certain types of content or applications over others, and they could not degrade traffic of Internet companies that offer services similar to those of the carriers. Carriers would also be required to give their customers more detailed descriptions of their traffic management policies.
"One of the worst things you can do to is manage you business based on what's going on in the newspapers," he said. "This agreement came about because we both want to make something that's exciting to our customers."
With Tuesday's announcement, Verizon has officially become the third major U.S. wireless carrier to support devices based on the Android operating system, as both Sprint and T-Mobile have also started putting Android devices on the market. The Android platform, which was developed by Google back in 2007, is a Linux-based open platform for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware, and some key mobile applications. Google has been promoting the platform as a way to spur innovation in developing mobile applications that will give users the same experience surfing the Web on their phone as they currently have on their desktop computers.