There is no love lost between media-reform group Free Press and Verizon. Nowhere is that enmity more apparent than in the fight over network neutrality. The rhetoric heated up this week, as each entity accused the other of distorting the facts in the highly charged policy debate.
Verizon bills the legislative framework it developed jointly with Google as a level-headed compromise, while Free Press points to gaping loopholes and urges lawmakers to ignore the proposal. What is to be done? Datamation has the latest.
Verizon and media-reform group Free Press ratcheted up the already-heated rhetoric over the network neutrality debate this week, with each accusing the other of distorting the facts and invoking disingenuous hyperbole to sell one another’s position.
The latest salvo began on Monday, when Tom Tauke, Verizon’s (NYSE: VZ) executive vice president of public affairs, policy and communications, delivered a speech at a conference in Aspen, Colo., during which he defended his company’s joint proposal with Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) for a legislative framework that would set rules, with significant limitations, for prohibiting Internet service providers from blocking traffic on their networks.