Google, Verizon Release Internet Proposal – WSJ 8.9.10

By SCOTT MORRISON And ROGER CHENG

Google Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. on Monday called on legislators to enact laws preventing Internet carriers from blocking websites or selectively delaying access to content common on the Internet today, while leaving the door open for private “specialized networks” down the line.

The proposal by the two companies, in the form of a suggested legislative framework, also said regulators should have authority to stop offenders by imposing penalties of up to $2 million on “bad actors.”

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