Google fades into background in fight to save open Internet

    Google, once boastful that it was the leading defender of a free and open Internet, has gone into the shadows.

    Since the Federal Communications Commission proposed in May to let cable and telephone companies offer special Internet fast lanes for companies willing to pay extra, lobbyists for Google haven't visited the agency to intervene, FCC records show. Facebook, the largest social network, also has been absent.

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