FCC Chairman Michael Copps has released a brief statement doubting the merit of Google and Verizon's "joint policy proposal," and arguing that federal regulation is the only sincere means of ensuring net neutrality.

"Some will claim this announcement moves the discussion forward," the full statement reads. "That's one of its many problems. It is time to move a decision forward—a decision to reassert FCC authority over broadband telecommunications, to guarantee an open Internet now and forever, and to put the interests of consumers in front of the interests of giant corporations."