Both Verizon Wireless and Google have publicly denied talks about prioritising paid for content, a move that could herald the end of net neutrality in the United States.
The New York Times said yesterday that the two were working on a deal to "allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege."
Verizon Wireless strongly denied that the NYT's story was true and its Executive Director of Media Relations David Fish said on the company's public policy blog (opens in new tab) that the news outlet "fundamentally misunderstands our purpose."
Today, a Google spokesperson told the Guardian that the report (opens in new tab) by the NYT was simply wrong and that the search giant remained as committed as it has always been to an open internet.
Schmidt did say at the Techonomy Conference that "We have been talking to Verizon for a long time about trying to get an agreement on the definition of what net neutrality is. We're trying to find solutions that bridge between the hardcore net neutrality view and the telecom view."
What's odd is that Google is one of the most active supporters of net neutrality and went as far as trying to push a nationwide broadband policy.