Facebook has released a statement about its stance on the controversial topic of Net neutrality--and it's not in agreement with Google, which recently announced a proposal with Verizon Communications in whichbeyond the "public Internet" of wireline networks.
"Facebook continues to support principles of Net neutrality for both landline and wireless networks," the company's Washington, D.C.-based policy spokesman, Andrew Noyes, said in a statement. "Preserving an open Internet that is accessible to innovators--regardless of their size or wealth--will promote a vibrant and competitive marketplace where consumers have ultimate control over the content and services delivered through their Internet connections."
Noyes clarified to CNET via e-mail that it's reasserting Facebook's existing stance on Net neutrality and that the statement should not be considered specific to the Google-Verizon framework; last fall, Facebook was one of the companies toin support of Chairman Julius Genachowski's efforts to preserve Net neutrality.
The Google-Verizon proposal, meaning that while the two companies--which work together in Google's Android market--support the FCC's regulation of wireline networks, they claim that innovation in the mobile world could be curtailed through the presence of a nondiscrimination policy.
This makes sense for Google, which has a very different presence on the "public Internet" than it does in the mobile space, where it's an operating-system manufacturer, as well as a search and advertising power. But Facebook is looking to the mobile Web as a big driver of future growth, and isn't going to want to be doing so in an environment potentially more Google-dominated. The two companies are already, which Facebook dominates and where Google wants to make successful inroads, and it will certainly carry over into the mobile world.