What happened Google? First you come out in favor of net neutrality, then you backpedal and team-up with a company you once openly described as being opposed to consumer choice. If you don’t know what net neutrality is, I suggest you educate yourself about it because if you use the Internet like most of us do, you have a stake in ensuring net neutrality is upheld. If Google and Verizon have their way, then that means the beginning of the end for the Internet we all know. What would very likely happen is giant corporations like Google and Verizon would begin to create separate networks for content delivery that are apart from the traditional Internet and which require ever higher tolls for consumers to access. In short, you’d see the same thing happen to the Internet that happened to television with the advent of cable, and we all know that there is no such thing as a cable bill that shrinks with each passing year. I’m hoping the FCC will be able to do something to prevent such a scenario but nevertheless, there are groups out there which are working to uphold the principles of net neutrality and I suggest you support them. A good starting point is to visit the homepage of the SavetheInternet.com Coalition to learn more about what you can do.
I’ve always admired Google for their great services and corporate culture but this episode is causing me to see them in a different light. It seems that they’re not above succumbing to the pressure of maintaining their bottom line, even if it means flip-flopping on their word. So much for “You can make money without doing evil”.