There is no downside to the Google announcement, except perhaps from the point of view of the federal government, which gave in to the lowest-common-denominator philosophy when structuring the stimulus program.
Mignon Clyburn has signaled her support for an open Internet with a couple of strong statements. But after a speech she gave on January 22, Clyburn could well vault quickly from supporter to Neutrality Hero.
Republicans and Democrats are sending hostile letters to the FCC all in the cause of making sure that AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and the rest can run the Internet the way they want to and to hell with the way the it has developed.
Claims that Net Neutrality will hurt investment and the economy are simply meant to distract attention from efforts by companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast to use their market power to thwart competition.
More than a decade ago, President Clinton pledged that every person in America would soon be able to go online "to order up every movie ever produced or every symphony ever created in a minute's time."