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FCC Calls off “net neutrality” talks – Google, Verizon deny talks about “Neutrality” agreement over Preferred Content Access

Following New York Times revelation about the possible deal between Verizon and Google that would go against the tenets of net neutrality. FCC Chief of Staff Edward Lazarus said “We’ve called off this round of stakeholder discussions.” “It has been productive on several fronts, but hasn’t generated robust framework to preserve openness and freedom of Internet ??”

While FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said the talks were aimed at preserving “freedom and openness of Internet for consumers and entrepreneurs,” the recent allegations of a possible neutrality-bending deal between Google and Verizon have caused significant concern in public over what could happen in closed-door discussions.

MSNBC reports “Google and Verizon said the two companies aren’t looking to create pay tiers for certain Web sites on mobile phones. “We’ve not had any convos with (Verizon) about paying for carriage of our traffic,” Google said on Twitter. “We remain committed to an open Internet.”


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