"Wireless won't not be unprotected -- or will it?" Another fine example of Google doublespeak: Google addresses the "myth" that "this proposal would eliminate Net neutrality over wireless." The countering fact, you might think, is "This proposal will not eliminate neutrality over wireless." But Google's "fact" is that, yes, regulation of wireless is excluded from the proposal, but don't worry: Under the proposal, the federal government will be watching closely. That is, of course, the federal government that Google, as noted above, says has failed to protect consumers thus far against carrier discrimination of Internet traffic.
Notably, Google does argue its case for excluding wireless from the proposal (arguments which appear more steeped in opinion than fact), but those arguments reiterate the Google-Verizon position that the wireless market is still young and needs time to flourish without governmental interference. Does that trump the need to introduce Net neutrality at this critical ground floor, rather than later when it will become increasingly difficult to change the rules? Apparently, Google thinks so.
"It's not business, it's ... something else." Near the end of its statement, Google addresses the "myth" that it's working with Verizon on network neutrality because of Android. Not so, says Google: "Of course, Google has a close business relationship with Verizon, but ultimately this proposal has nothing to do with Android." Google goes on to say, "Rather, it has everything to do with ..." Wait, actually, Google doesn't continue in that vein. The statement just says Google's wireless-free Net neutrality proposal has nothing to do with Android.
"Depends on what your definition of 'Internet' is." Near the end, Google effectively scolds it critics for not seeing this proposal coming. After all, Google and Verizon have been talking up Net neutrality since 2009. Well, apparently not everyone saw it coming, particularly the part where neutrality over the wireless Internet was removed from the table entirely.
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