Reporting for FDL, David Dayen writes that FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn, "slammed the Google-Verizon joint policy and strongly endorsed net neutrality last night at a hearing before hundreds of citizens in Minneapolis giving the Chairman of the federal agency Julius Genachowski all of the support he would need to regulate broadband Internet if he so chose." The commissioners, Dayen continues, criticized the Google-Verizon proposal saying if adopted it "would eliminate any openness provision over wireless, which is where all Internet applications are going."
Critics of the Google-Verizon proposal say it is an affront to net neutrality, which calls for information via the Internet to be easily and fairly accessible to all people. The proposal offered earlier this month maintains that net neutrality should not apply to wireless access.
The FDL post notes that Sen. Al Franken has also criticized the Google-Verizon proposal. FDL includes video of Franken addressing the two companies' ideas. "We can't let companies write the rules that we the people are supposed to follow. Because if that happens those rules will be written only to protect corporations," Franken said.
Google's team-up with Verizon sparked great consternation among supporters of net neutrality principles, with several claiming that Google had abandoned its commitment to those principles.
Jordon Rohan, an Internet analyst at Stifel Nicolaus, told The New York Times, "I don't know that Google pondered the moral decision this time. I think the business decision to cooperate with Verizon superseded the other complications and side effects that it may cause."