In a somewhat fractious press call this afternoon, Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg talked up seven joint proposals aimed at advancing net neutrality requirements for broadband and asking for increased "transparency" for wireless subscribers.
The pair refuted earlier press reports that Google and Verizon had been talking behind closed doors about a deal to prioritize certain Internet traffic. (See FCC Mutes Closed-Door Net Neutrality Talks.)
"You've read a lot in the press since last Thursday, almost all of it being completely wrong," Schmidt said on the call. "There is no business arrangement, and reports that there were are false, misleading, and incorrect."
Instead, Schmidt says that the two companies have been going over "a lot of common ground" to carve out a public policy proposal related to net neutrality and more. The pair published the proposals in a joint blog.
The proposals include:
"Wireless is in a slightly different place from the traditional wireline world," Schmidt said on the call.
"We believe this policy framework properly empowers consumers and gives the FCC a role carefully tailored for the new world of broadband," the companies note, "while also allowing broadband providers the flexibility to manage their networks and provide new types of online services."