I think these four "Congressfolks" are making a good point.
Google and Verizon are both sides of the emerging Internet spying game. Google want access to the data streams that Verizon carry and Verizon wants more money which they can get from Google spying on its data streams, I mean users. Therefore both these companies want to control how the Internet evolves for their own gain, so they can maximise their profits from spying, I mean advertising and in the process they seek to integrate themselves ever more into the Internet and therefore into everyone’s lives. Plus these corporations also gain additionally from killing off the little guys who may have otherwise come up with good new ideas which could have unseated the corporations in the future. (Just as IBM fell behind to Microsoft and then Microsoft got beaten by companies like Google (and to a lesser extent also Amazon and eBay)).
The corporations will subvert the Internet for their own gain. No matter what they say, they are not really interested in a truly fair open Internet.
@"I am concerned that the proposal put forward by Google and Verizon could have the effect of choking off much of the most important, creative, and valuable contributions the Internet can make to the idea-driven economy of the 21st century"
So in other words, Google doublespeak is calling their idea "net neutrality", yet what they want will actually have the opposite effect and therefore cause as much damage. So once again more Google doublespeak, like "doing no harm" etc..
There is only one thing for it, Google and Verizon will now have to spend a fortune (pocket money for them) on supporting (and therefore buying) political opponents to these four "Congress folks". Of course that won't slow up or stop companies like Google continuing their chess game of winning greater control over the Internet and therefore ultimately over our lives and how we spend our money. :(