Thursday, August 12, 2010

Groups plan Friday protest over net neutrality at Google HQ

The Google - Verizon net neutrality policy proposal that was unveiled on Monday has been the subject of much criticism. As a follow-up, a number of groups have planned a protest at Google's Mountain View HQ tomorrow at 12 noon, PDT.

Although it is true that even the EFF found a few good points in the proposal, it found many negative and troubling aspects. Those include such items as the exclusion of wireless services, the mention of the ability to define the vague "additional online services" that could include prioritization, and the use of the term "reasonable network management," one might think could include throttling.

Of course, some all calling all this "fear-mongering." Perhaps it is. We would only say that anytime corporations get involved, there's reason to worry, because after all, their mission statement is to maximize shareholder return, not to be good citizens.

At any rate, a number of groups, including ColorofChange.org, Credo Action, MoveOn.org, Free Press and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee have organized the protest at Google's HQ. SaveTheInternet.com, one can assume, will be there as well.

The heat that both Google and Verizon have felt has been such that Google felt it necessary to defend itself in a blog post on Thursday. Free Press has already emailed its 15,000 Bay Area followers, and MoveOn is expected to email its Bay Area members as well, and their numbers are well above those of Free Press.

We'll see how many show up at Google HQ at noon, but there is even a bus "caravan" leaving from San Francisco’s Opera House at 11 AM on Friday.

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