The technorati seem to dislike the "joint policy proposal" from Google and Verizon today. Company representatives insist it's about an "open Internet" -- albeit one from which companies can continue to innovate and profit. The "albeit" automatically triggers suspicions that Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO, is simply a Ferengi in disguise, and that anything two companies say about open access to the Net of the future has to mean exactly the opposite of their stated intent. This is a little unfair. Unless government is going to build and maintain the infrastructure for broadband Internet access, wireless or otherwise, corporations have to hedge their bets. It's not "evil." It's predictable.
What Google and Verizon are trying to do is add some definitions to a debate that lacks them, and provide an impetus for the federal government to get off its duff and figure out how to make difficult decisions.
The point of controversy is that, as Google as evolved from a search company into a company that does everything, its concept of net neutrality has evolved as well. Of course, everyone should have the same ability to access the same websites at the same speed and prices regardless of which network provider does the interfacing on the current network infrastructure.