Further, the exclusion of wireless from the open Internet proposal leaves open the option of pushing the sort of traffic shaping that Net neutrality advocates oppose -- but from which the large carriers (Verizon) and content providers (Google) profit.
Before this afternoon's announcement, InfoWorld's Paul Venezia proposed that the rumors might be a trial balloon of sorts, to see "what the townsfolk might think." But it may be more like a bait and switch; Google and Verizon figure we'll all be so relieved that Net neutrality is saved on wired broadband that we won't worry about the "still-nascent" wireless business.
Meanwhile, they can quietly lobby Congress to make traffic shaping the accepted, legal norm over wireless -- and most people won't even miss it. It's much harder to take something away from people than it is to deny them what they never had. Google and Verizon probably hope that this sea change in connectivity will raise less ire.
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