Google: We're Not Evil

In the days since it co-authored a Net Neutrality proposalwith Verizon Communications, Google has been on the receiving line of a torrent of criticism. Some former allies have even suggested that Google's plan was a sell-out which would inadvertently create an Internet toll booth. But the company has had enough and on Thursday it sought to disarm critics with a post on its public policy blog.

"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," Richard Whitt, Google's Washington telecom and media counsel wrote in the blog post. "We don't 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."

Whitt presented the company's position as a pragmatic one taken after years of dealing with powerful constituencies in Washington, D.C. to try and protect the Internet from carrier discrimination against Internet traffic.

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He also dismissed suggestions that the policy framework had anything to do with Verizon Wireless's support for Google's Android mobile operating system.

"This is a policy proposal - not a business deal," he said. "Of course, Google has a close business relationship with Verizon, but ultimately this proposal has nothing to do with Android."

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