Saturday, August 07, 2010
ARMING FOR THE GOOGLE WARS?
Maybe it’s just a drab Saturday, lacking in fun and short on energy and finding it hard to maintain the bloom of optimism, but sometimes its seems that fighting the good fight is a matter of just hanging on to what we had rather than gaining any new ground.
“Google stood accused last night of betraying the founding principles of the internet, as it readied a deal that will abandon key parts of its support for "net neutrality", which has guaranteed equal access to the worldwide web since its inception. In what one internet freedom campaigner called a "doomsday scenario" that will change the internet forever, the search engine pioneer is close to agreeing terms with the largest telecoms company in the US that would open the door to special "fast lanes" for favoured internet traffic. Google denied that it will sign any deal to buy fast-lane access for its own traffic, which includes bandwidth-heavy videos from its loss-making YouTube site. It said: "We have not had any conversations with Verizon about paying for carriage of Google traffic and we remain as committed as we always have been to an open internet." (Click here for more) Thanks Bernard.
But MoveOn.Org at least weighs in with a petition.
"According to news reports, Google is about to cut a deal with Verizon that would end the Internet as we know it by allowing giant corporations to control what websites are load quickly and easily on the Internet and dump everyone else onto an Internet slow lane. I signed a petition urging Google to kill the deal with Verizon. Can you join me at the link below?" (Click here)
And click here for The Shirelles
The secret word is Weary
Posted by Mick at 8/07/2010 06:11:00 PM