My colleague here at Nemertes, Johna Till Johnson, has written a terrific and insightful column on the role of Google in the net neutrality debate, noting that while Google argues for open networks (especially with its push for open wireless services), it happens to run one of the Internet's most proprietary systems. This really is a must read:
Johna Till Johnson: Net neutrality? Google, go first!
The bottom line is that Google’s done a terrific job propagandizing itself — and demonizing its competitors. Imagine if Google were owned by a telco: The net neutrality folks would be marching on Washington, shrieking that no telco can be trusted to operate a search engine fairly. Google, on the other hand, should be free to do exactly what it wants — because they’re the good guys.