Friday, August 6, 2010

Don't Be Evil

The New York Times reported on August 4, 2010, that Google and Verizon were on the verge of a deal that would allow Verizon to determine how quickly content is served to Internet users. This would be dependent on if the content creators were willing to pay for the upgraded speed.

The Times also reported:
The charges could be paid by companies, like YouTube, owned by Google, for example, to Verizon, one of the nation’s leading Internet service providers, to ensure that its content received priority as it made its way to consumers. The agreement could eventually lead to higher charges for Internet users.

Such an agreement could overthrow a once-sacred tenet of Internet policy known as net neutrality, in which no form of content is favored over another. In its place, consumers could soon see a new, tiered system, which, like cable television, imposes higher costs for premium levels of service.

Any agreement between Verizon and Google could also upend the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission to assert its authority over broadband service, which was severely restricted by a federal appeals court decision in April.
Where’s the last great company that believed in “open internet” for all? This is bad friends -- no, this is worse than when Hulk Hogan turned bad and joined the NWO. If the agreement is reached, the Internet will be forever changed and I’m afraid not for the better.

I’m asking from the bottom of my heart guys…


Google says the Times, Bloomberg, and the WSJ) are wrong and they remain committed to an open internet. The Times says they stand by the story.