- Google-Verizon Deal: The End of The Internet as We Know It
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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell
Google's motto is "Don't be evil," but Google is about to cut a deal with Verizon that would end the Internet as we know it.
According to a front-page New York Times story, the deal would allow "Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content's creators are willing to pay for the privilege."(1)
It would create fast Internet lanes for the largest corporations and slow lanes for the rest of us.
That is why CREDO is joining MoveOn, Free Press, and Color of Change in rallying Google users to tell Google, "Don't be evil."
Speak up for a free and open Internet by signing this petition. With massive amounts of public pressure, we can stop this deal.
Google is furiously backpedaling on its closed door negotiations with Verizon over the future of the Internet -- a direct result of a strong and immediate public backlash. The company has denied some details from the New York Times story, but won't say definitively that it is not striking a deal with Verizon that will stop the FCC from imposing net neutrality rules.
From the beginning, the Internet has been a level playing field that allows everyone to connect to one another and to the world of content available online -- whether it's Daily Kos or FOX News.
This deal would change all of that by allowing Google and Verizon to pick what websites you can see over others. It would undermine the open Internet upon which hundreds of millions of people rely.
Our Internet connection should be free of corporate gatekeepers -- there's only one Internet, and it shouldn't matter who your provider is or whether you're logging on from home or your cell phone.
Sign this petition to tell Google, "Don't be evil."
Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin created Google to make information freely available to everyone online.
But this deal is a complete reversal that abandons their core principles. It's evil and Google must walk away from it.
Sign this letter and tell Google's founders: "Your Verizon deal IS evil, and it must be stopped."
(1) Google and Verizon Near Deal on Web Pay Tiers, New York Times | NY, August 4, 2010
Google-Verizon Deal: The End of The Internet as We Know It, Josh Silver, Free Press, in Huffington Post
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