There has been a lot of insightful commentary on the new Verizon/Google framework proposal; Marvin Ammori’s post is a good place to start. Here are my “two cents” on the larger implications of this move from business cooperation to lobbying alliance.
1) The companies’ CEOs have stated that, in their view, “A provider that offers a broadband Internet access service complying with [basic net neutrality] principles” should be able to “offer any other additional or differentiated services” free of net neutrality regulation. The key question here is the quality and cost of the “broadband Internet access service complying with [net neutrality] principles,” as compared with the “additional services” that can be offered without net neutrality. In the best case scenario, most people use the compliant service for most traffic, and run “additional services” on top of it in order to access special content/apps. Unfortunately, I think it’s far more likely that the net-neutrality-compliant service will gradually decline in quality, so that it’s vestigial (like public broadcasting) or a poor program for poor people (ala Medicaid).