NY Times writer Cringely reports about the latest net game of Google and Verizon. The editorial argues that Google seems to have found a way to get special treatment from Verizon without actually compromising net neutrality.
Google has always been firmly on the side of net neutrality. So the news of a deal between Google and Verizon — one of the country’s largest broadband service providers — has caused consternation throughout geekdom. Has Google turned on its principles? The company says no, but then Eric Schmidt, its chief executive, has been making murky statements differentiating between wireless and wired data, suggesting to some a repudiation of neutrality. The truth is probably that Google has found a way to get special treatment from Verizon but without actually compromising net neutrality..