Mobile Devices Not Included
Theoretically, because an open Internet should not give preferential treatment to any one Internet user, or prioritize any one person’s network traffic over any other traffic, you would think that this would include both wired and wireless Internet; however, this is not the case. Wireless Internet is not included in the new Open Internet Framework, which the FCC openly opposes in its Public Notice questioning the Google-Verizon deal.
Specifically, the Framework states that because wireless Internet is a continually developing and competitive platform, the open Internet principles do not apply, only the Transparency principle would. Essentially, because mobile Internet infrastructure is only a few years old, it needs time to grow and develop before placing “restrictions’ on it such as the “open Internet" would. In other words, because wireless Internet and its networks are of a different flavor, it should not be subject to open Internet and therefore can be controlled in any way the ISP sees fit.
Essentially, for mobile Internet users, the Framework is completely contradictory. First, it describes how broadband providers are required, under the terms of the deal, to be completely transparent and non-discriminatory towards Internet users. Then, they take those rights away from mobile internet users simply because of a technical distinction between how the network infrastructure is built. The problem with this is that even though the mobile infrastructure is different, those mobile internet users are accessing the same Internet. Verizon also makes the distinction that wireless users are already paying for a premium service. However, the same could be said for regular broadband services, since they all pay for different types of subscriptions services as well.