If the story had been true it would have been the end of net neutrality as we know it, as other telcos would be expected to follow suit.
However Google’s Public Policy Twitter account belted out a denial of these claims, straight-up saying that the New York Times “is wrong.”
The Tweet said “@NYTimes is wrong. We’ve not had any convos with VZN about paying for carriage of our traffic. We remain committed to an open internet.”
Verizon has also issued a statement and, like Google, it’s denying the claims in the original New York Times report, calling it “mistaken”.
“As we said in our earlier FCC filing, our goal is an Internet policy framework that ensures openness and accountability, and incorporates specific FCC authority, while maintaining investment and innovation. “To suggest this is a business arrangement between our companies is entirely incorrect,” a spokesman said.
Both statements means that net neutrality advocates can start breathing again and that everything is the same as it ever was. At least for now.