Verizon Wireless has already noted its objections to network neutrality, and now its similarly named parent is echoing comments from AT&T's CEO saying that companies like Google and Microsoft that provide Web applications should pay up to be able to access Verizon broadband subscribers. Verizon's CEO is taking a bit softer line than AT&T's (cognizant of the backlash, perhaps), calling internet companies "partners", and that they need to find "the right economic model". The right economic model seems pretty apparent: people pay Verizon for broadband service, and they access whatever sites and services they want. What's so hard about that? Verizon says it's actually in favor of codifying network neutrality rules -- but given that its idea of FCC reform was essentially to remove any and all broadband regulation, by "codify", they probably mean "enshrine the right for us to cut off people that don't pay up". Of course, they say they won't block specific applications, but if that's the case, what leverage do they have to extract money from internet companies?
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