Google, Verizon Sing Duet on Net Neutrality

Google and Verizon are holding a joint announcement of their views on net neutrality Monday afternoon following their shared statement of principles on net neutrality in October.
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Google (GOOG) - Get Report and Verizon (VZ) - Get Report are holding a joint announcement of their views on net neutrality Monday afternoon, following their shared statement of principles on the topic in October.

A few months later they submitted a joint filing to the FCC, and in an April, a joint op-ed discussing common interest in an open Internet.

"It is imperative that we find ways to protect the future openness of the Internet and encourage the rapid deployment of broadband," Google director of public policy Alan Davidson and Verizon executive vice president of public affairs, policy and communications Tom Tauke said in their blog earlier.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg have been hosting a live conference call Monday afternoon, highlighting a suggested legislative framework that they hope lawmakers will consider.

Issues of focus include the enforceability of the FCC's 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.

They are concerned that the enforceability of those principles was called into serious question by the recent

Comcast

(CMCSA) - Get Report

court decision.

Another key issue of concern for the two companies is the need for a new, enforceable prohibition against discriminatory practices, which means, to Google and Verizon, that wireline broadband providers would not be able to discriminate against or prioritize lawful Internet content, applications or services in a way that causes harm to users or competition.

-- Reported by Andrea Tse in New York

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