Google chief favors net neutrality but is wary of regulation

By Mike Musgrove
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, October 23, 2009

Google chief executive Eric Schmidt favors net neutrality, but only to a point: While the tech player wants to make sure that telecommunications giants don’t steer Internet traffic in a way that would favor some devices or services over others, he also believes that it would be a terrible idea for the government to involve itself as a regulator of the broader Internet.

“It is possible for the government to screw the Internet up, big-time,” he said. Google is strong enough as a company to weather any possible outcome on the issue, he said. But what he worries about “is the next start-up.”

Thursday marked a milestone in the debate over net neutrality, as the Federal Communications Commission voted to move forward on how the government will police access to the Internet…

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