Net Neutrality – You HAVE To Do SomethingIf you stay up on technology news then you’ve probably heard about the on-going talks with regards to Net Neutrality.Â In short, Net Neutrality means that companies cannot control the flow or speed of information going through the internet.Â [definition/info]
What We Said:Â “Google and Verizon insist that what they’re working on is not a backroom deal for their own benefit but instead a legislative proposal about how Internet content should be managed. All of this may be true – but it still doesn’t look right.” – Editorial, Aug. 9, 2010 What Happened:Â Google has turned its back on its promise to insist on Internet neutralityÂ – the idea that all Internet traffic should be treated the same. Its just-announced proposal with Verizon would prohibit carriers from discriminating against competitors but allow them to charge websites more for better service. It excludes wireless mobile networks, which means that websites on mobile phones wouldn’t even have safeguards against non-discrimination. Because the two companies are so huge – and because the FCC has been unable to issue its own policy on net neutrality – their proposal will shape the debate. What’s Next:Â What’s next: Unless WashingtonÂ is ready to accept an Internet that only works for the wealthiest and most-established websites, Congress needs to step in with net neutrality legislation. And the Google-Verizon pact isn’t even close. They need to go back to the drawing board and get support from consumer groups and Internet users instead of just broadband carriers and web giants. The FCC also needs to step in immediately, by reclassifying broadband under a section of the telecommunications code that’s subject to more scrutiny – and therefore less ability to discriminate.What YOU can do: The FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski needs to know where you stand on net neutrality. Send him an email by using our message below.Â It will only take you 3.7 seconds!Â His e-mail is Julius.Genachowski@fcc.gov Just cut-n-paste the following: Dear Julius Genachowski, As a citizen of the United States I do not support an internet which is controlled by cable companies and large search engine companies like Google.Â I feel it is imperative that you do the right thing and support the American people for a true Net Neutrality future. [send] Can you do that?Â It will only take 7.3 seconds. Source:Â SF Gate.