Google is sitting out the net neutrality fight. Here are 4 possible reasons

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[Commentary] Network neutrality’s one-time corporate champion, Google, is twiddling its thumbs while a group of relative lightweights like Netflix and Etsy publicly take up the fight. While Google (like everyone else) has paid lip service to an “open internet,” and called for wireless companies to be included in the new rules, it has not come out in favor of using “Title II,” which is the Federal Communications Commission’s only legal option to impose net neutrality. Google’s silence is causing chatter in Washington, where insiders offer competing, and sometimes conflicting, explanations for Google’s behavior. Here are four popular theories:

  1. Google is hedging because of its fiber ambitions.
  2. A Republican faction in Google sidelined the pro-net neutrality majority
  3. Google got burned by its last net neutrality fight
  4. Google is all grown up, a mature, diversified company that sits on both sides of many policy issues.

Google is sitting out the net neutrality fight. Here are 4 possible reasons