Facebook has released a statement about its stance on the controversial topic of Net neutrality--and it's not in agreement with Google, which recently announced a proposal with Verizon Communications in which
"Facebook continues to support principles of Net neutrality for both landline and wireless networks," the company's Washington, D.C.-based policy spokesman, Andrew Noyes, said in a statement. "Preserving an open Internet that is accessible to innovators--regardless of their size or wealth--will promote a vibrant and competitive marketplace where consumers have ultimate control over the content and services delivered through their Internet connections."
Noyes clarified to CNET via e-mail that it's reasserting Facebook's existing stance on Net neutrality and that the statement should not be considered specific to the Google-Verizon proposal; last fall, Facebook was one of the companies to
The Google-Verizon proposal
This makes sense for Google, which has a very different presence on the "public Internet" than it does in the mobile space, where it's an operating-system manufacturer, as well as a search and advertising power. But Facebook is looking to the mobile Web as a big driver of future growth, and isn't going to want to be doing so in an environment potentially more Google-dominated. The two companies are already