Google And Verizon Find A Tiny Bit Of Common Ground On Net Neutrality… But Still Aren't That Close

from the in-the-spirit-of-cooperation dept

It’s no secret that a lot of the network neutrality debate has been positioned as pitting online companies — such as Google — against infrastructure companies — such as the telcos. That’s a bit of an unfair characterization, because there are lots of issues at play when it comes to network neutrality, but it’s getting a lot of attention that Google and Verizon filed a joint statement to the FCC about net neutrality. Of course, despite the PR value of this, I wouldn’t read too much into it. The letter itself (pdf) lays out their “common ground” in incredibly broad and vague language that is borderline meaningless at times. And, of course, at the same time both companies filed their own separate statements in which they disagree heavily (Verizon even calls out Google by name). By way of comparison:

There’s obviously still a lot that they don’t agree on at all. Still, it is nice that they at least tried to come together a bit to find some common ground. That is pretty rare in a political culture often driven by extremes on each end playing tug o’ war and hoping that the end result is somewhere in the middle. It would certainly be nice if this sort of thing became a little more common — with more folks trying to find what the points of agreement are, separate from the points of disagreement.

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Dark Helmet (profile) says:

Re: Arrogance

Well, there aren’t any winners yet, although Verizon is clearly in the lead, as it has more pages than the other two. But perhaps some chinese lawyer could work about a 200 page document and take the lead!

Isn’t that how this works with lawyers? Whoever files the biggest bullshit statement/brief wins?

Ryan says:

Better to Disagree

I would rather they remained heavily disagreed on every point. If the largest players on either side compromise, the FCC will fall into line and all the smaller guys, entrepreneurs, and consumers lose out. I know I wouldn’t trust the Giants, Cowboys, and Paul Tagliabue to work out a new set of revenue rules for all NFL teams that benefitted Kansas City, Tampa Bay, or any of their fans.

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