So much for that “Don’t Be Evil” Google bullshit:
Google and Verizon, two leading players in Internet service and content, are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege.
This issue has been quite the rage in the lefty and righty blogosphere for the simple reason that most grassroots organizations won’t be able to afford the high-price superhighway, but, instead, be stuck on the slow road to oblivion. I’ve never thought the opposition to net neutrality is political in nature (that’s just a bonus). The reason is much more venial (italics mine):
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.
Because what America really needs is even more rent extraction (never any Marxists around when you really need them…). Don’t kid yourself, you’re just going to end up paying more for service you would have had with net neutrality.
I wonder if ScienceBlogs (or Scientopia, or Discover) will be able to afford this. Fortunately, the New York Times probably will be able to afford this (they can’t really afford not to), so you’ll be able to get a high-speed stream of Virginia Heffernan.
What really sucks about all of this is that I just switched over to Google Mail, and my workplace is thinking about getting heavily into Google products.
Probably have to switch back to the old email system…
There a petition you can sign, not that our political system is responsive to that sort of stuff, but it’s worth the ol’ college try.
An aside: I’m really tempted to add this to the Google News feed. I’m such a stinker.