[LINK] Fwd: Google vs. the Internet?

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Sat Aug 7 10:02:46 AEST 2010

Isn't neutrality a somewhat nostalgic concept?

Example: Practically every mobile broadband network "interferes" with 
traffic in some way. Not only do people like mobile BB, they evangelise 
it so strongly that the Libs can use mobile networks as a reason not to 
build the NBN.

I'd be interested to have someone with expertise enumerate how many 
different ways the Internet has already stopped being neutral!


Jan Whitaker wrote:
> MoveOn, the US big brother of GetUp!, is taking on Google/Verizon.
>> Click here to sign the petition to Google:
>> <http://pol.moveon.org/google/?id=22362-7221053-cd1TJDx&t=1>"Google: 
>> Say no to the reported agreement with Verizon to 
>> kill Net Neutrality and the open Internet."
>> <http://pol.moveon.org/google/?id=22362-7221053-cd1TJDx&t=3>Sign the petition
>> Dear MoveOn member,
>> Big news: according to reports, Google is about 
>> to cut a terrible deal with Verizon that would 
>> end the fair, open Internet as we know it.1
>> The reported Google-Verizon deal would allow 
>> giant corporations to control which websites 
>> load quickly and easily on the Internet and dump 
>> everyone else onto an Internet slow lane. This 
>> is exactly the kind of unequal playing field 
>> that Google itself has opposed in the past.2
>> We only have a few days to stop it, so we're 
>> launching a grassroots protest calling on Google 
>> to scuttle the deal. Will you sign our emergency 
>> petition to Google? Click here to sign:
>> <http://pol.moveon.org/google/?id=22362-7221053-cd1TJDx&t=4>http://pol.moveon.org/google/?id=22362-7221053-cd1TJDx&t=4
>> The petition says: "Google: Say no to the 
>> reported agreement with Verizon to kill Net Neutrality and the open Internet."
>> The Internet was founded on the principle that 
>> all data is equal­and that no corporation should 
>> be able to decide whose data goes faster or 
>> slower. It's this principle, called Net 
>> Neutrality, that has made the Internet such an 
>> amazing platform for individual speech, 
>> democratic action, and entrepreneurial creativity.3
>> And until now, Google­which uses the corporate 
>> motto "Don't Be Evil"­has been a staunch 
>> defender of Net Neutrality.4 But now, Google is 
>> threatening to turn the Internet into a closed, 
>> pay-to-play, cash cow for large corporations. 
>> This move is evil, and Google knows it.
>> Here's why this is a big deal. President Obama's 
>> new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 
>> chair initially came out strong for Net 
>> Neutrality, in line with the President's 
>> campaign promises.5 But the big telecom 
>> companies launched a lobbying frenzy, and soon 
>> the FCC was meeting with them behind closed doors.
>> Because Google and Verizon are two powerhouse 
>> corporations that have historically been on 
>> opposite sides of this issue, an agreement 
>> between them will put enormous pressure on the 
>> FCC to go along with their recommendations. 
>> Essentially, two giant corporations may be 
>> deciding the future of the Internet­if the Obama 
>> administration goes along, and if the public 
>> doesn't push back right away. Click here to help stop them now:
>> <http://pol.moveon.org/google/?id=22362-7221053-cd1TJDx&t=5>http://pol.moveon.org/google/?id=22362-7221053-cd1TJDx&t=5 
>> Google was once a champion on this issue­Google 
>> chief executive Eric Schmidt once attacked 
>> "phone and cable monopolies" who "want the power 
>> to choose who gets access to high-speed lanes 
>> and whose content gets seen first and fastest."6
>> But today's news stories report that under the 
>> new deal, Verizon could be allowed to give some 
>> sites preferential treatment. Even more 
>> ominously, it appears that Verizon would have 
>> free rein to discriminate on the mobile Internet 
>> (smartphones, cell phones, etc). Since that's 
>> where most people will access the Net going 
>> forward, this would essentially spell the end of Net Neutrality.
>> Google has issued a short, carefully worded 
>> statement challenging some of the details in The 
>> New York Times story, but it hasn't denied that 
>> it is going along with this agreement to kill 
>> Net Neutrality.7 So much for "Don't be evil." 
>> Will you sign our petition today and tell Google 
>> not to be evil on Net Neutrality?
>> <http://pol.moveon.org/google/?id=22362-7221053-cd1TJDx&t=6>http://pol.moveon.org/google/?id=22362-7221053-cd1TJDx&t=6
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