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Google and Verizon Statements on Purported Net Neutrality Deal

Google’s public policy Twitter account:

@NYTimes is wrong. We’ve not had any convos with VZN about paying for carriage of our traffic. We remain committed to an open internet.

That’s in reference to this story in The Times. And here’s Verizon’s response:

The New York Times article regarding conversations between Google and Verizon is mistaken. It fundamentally misunderstands our purpose. As we said in our earlier FCC filing, our goal is an Internet policy framework that ensures openness and accountability, and incorporates specific FCC authority, while maintaining investment and innovation. To suggest this is a business arrangement between our companies is entirely incorrect.

But these strike me as non-denial denials. The question is: have Google and Verizon reached an agreement that allows Verizon to favor Android phones or Google web services over mobile networks?

Friday, 6 August 2010