Is Google Changing Its Mind on Net Neutrality?

Lora Bentley

Washington Post columnist Cecilia Kang brought up an interesting point Monday. Since the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in favor of Comcast in its suit against the Federal Communications Commission and threw the future of net neutrality rules into uncertainty, Google has been oddly silent. Or if not silent, particularly soft-spoken at best.

 

Google did not comment on the court's ruling after it was handed down, Kang said, despite the fact that i<strong>t was one of the foremost net neutrality advocates</strong> before the FCC when it was considering and then proposing formal rules on the topic. And since then, CEO Eric Schmidt has co-written a Wall Street Journal editorial (subscription required) with Verizon's Ivan Seidenberg advocating "light regulation" as the national broadband plan is implemented.

 

So what's up with Google? Which side will it really come down on? Of course, Schmidt and the others in Mountainview, Calif., have been busy with a little situation in China, but I'm surprised we haven't heard more from the search company on this one.



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