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Today our CEOs will announce a proposal that we hope will make a constructive contribution to the dialogue. Our joint proposal takes the form of a suggested legislative framework for consideration by lawmakers, and is laid out here. Below we discuss the seven key elements:
First, both companies have long been proponents of the FCCís current wireline broadband openness principles, which ensure that consumers have access to all legal content on the Internet, and can use what applications, services, and devices they choose. The enforceability of those principles was called into serious question by the recent Comcast court decision. Our proposal would now make those principles fully enforceable at the FCC.
media mogul Barry Diller called the proposal a sham
The silence of big media companies like Comcast and the News Corporation on the issue has been noticeable. Media companies‚Äô traditional business models have been about controlled pathways to the customer, and they may see benefits in restoring some of that control.
Mr. Diller asserted that the Google-Verizon proposal ‚Äúdoesn‚Äôt preserve ‚Äėnet neutrality,‚Äô full stop, or anything like it.‚ÄĚ Asked if other media executives were staying quiet because they stand to gain from a less open Internet, he said simply, ‚ÄúYes.‚ÄĚ
Over the past few days thereís been a lot of discussion surrounding our announcement of a policy proposal on network neutrality we put together with Verizon. On balance, we believe this proposal represents real progress on what has become a very contentious issue, and we think it could help move the network neutrality debate forward constructively.
We donít expect everyone to agree with every aspect of our proposal, but there has been a number of inaccuracies about it, and we do want to separate fact from fiction.
UPDATE: Facebook has taken an opposite position from Google and stated it did not support the proposal. Facebook suggests it's a move to begin chipping away at the "openness" of the internet.