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Google and Verizon have announced their proposal for carving up the Internet. This is their policy proposal to Congress and FCC for regulating the Internet from here on out, a proposal that reads like a statement of what Google and Verizon will and will not allow the FCC to do.

The first thing it does is rule out any kind of open policy for wireless--it completely carves out the Internet you get on your smart phone or PDA or any future wireless device from the Internet you get on your computer, what they call the "public" Internet. This is critical, because the real innovation, the real growth in technology will be in wireless technologies, technologies that they want to be beyond the reach of regulation.

David Dayen participated in a conference all with the company's CEOs today, and reports:

The joint policy agreement makes a distinction between wireline and wireless broadband, basically the Internet you get on your computer, and what you can get on a smart phone, PDA, or some other not-yet-invented device. On wireline broadband, which the CEOs kept calling the public Internet, they displayed a full commitment to Internet openness and freedom:

First, both companies have long been proponents of the FCC’s current wireline broadband openness principles, which ensure that consumers have access to all legal content on the Internet, and can use what applications, services, and devices they choose. The enforceability of those principles was called into serious question by the recent Comcast court decision. Our proposal would now make those principles fully enforceable at the FCC.

Second, we agree that in addition to these existing principles there should be a new, enforceable prohibition against discriminatory practices. This means that for the first time, wireline broadband providers would not be able to discriminate against or prioritize lawful Internet content, applications or services in a way that causes harm to users or competition.

On wireless services, which as an example Verizon CEO Seidelberg used

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