I can’t claim that I fully understand the Verizon-Google net neutrality proposal, mainly because it is so weasely and evasive that it’s going to take a long time to find all the loopholes in this rather nasty piece of work. Ars Technica has started the hard work, and I’m sure others will follow.
In general, it’s a pretty transparent effort to cede some sort of net neutrality to wired broadband in return for a carrier-controlled, non-neutral wireless Internet. Since wireless is where all the money’s at, and since wireless providers charge exorbitant fees for transferring text messages, lock down many of their devices so only carrier-approved apps can run, and generally fuck with consumers any way they can, this is an unacceptable trade-off.
Google’s role in this is clearly, obviously “evil”, by which I mean that they’re using their market dominance to attempt to force through a proposal that’s bad for entrepreneurs, competitors and their customers. It’s not surprising that this is happening, since Google is out to maximize shareholder value. The White House doesn’t have that excuse. If you believe Larry Lessig (and I do), they’re telling the FCC to “go slow” on net neutrality, which is stupid and short-sighted.