Dear Google: Please don’t be evil

5 08 2010

by AngryPanda

I like Google. There I said it. Google has meant convenient, user-friendly, hazzle-free services for me. Also it seemed to make them insanely rich. And they deserve it. I mean that. The one company on the planet who doesn’t base it’s business on obnoxious harassment deserves all the money they can carry in my opinion. But recently Google started doing some stuff that puts me on edge. And while no one of any importance will ever read this (think a moment of what that says about you…) I’m going to address these things in open letters on this site. And this will be the first:

Apparently Google and Verizon are close to an agreement that would allow Google’s IP-Packages to be sent with priority through the Verizon-Net: Google and Verizon in Talks on Web Priority. This is really bad news and could mean the end of net-neutrality as we know it.

The prospect of a Google-Verizon agreement infuriates many consumer advocates, who feel that it would concentrate in a few corporations control of what to date has been a free and open Internet system in which consumers decide which companies are successful. “The point of a network neutrality rule is to prevent big companies from dividing the Internet between them,” said Gigi B. Sohn, president and a founder of Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group. “The fate of the Internet is too large a matter to be decided by negotiations involving two companies, even companies as big as Verizon and Google.”

If Google and Verizon agree, that Google can pay a fee to use the highest speed traffic lanes, this will cause major problems for smaller companies and sites. A blog like this, hosted at WordPress would be harder to reach than one hosted at Blogspot (part of the Google family). Providing information on the net would suddenly be a matter of who has the deepest pockets. This is most certainly not fair and while almost nothing in capitalism is, this would put a serious dent in the freedom of information the internet provides. I do not even think Google intends to use this to restrict certain information but the potential for abuse is enormous, especially once other companies follow this example (and who knows how Google will be five years from now.). Right now the FCC is trying to regulate net-neutrality and I really hope they succeed. Yes, that’s right. The freaking FCC are the good guys here. How do you like them apples?!

This may be a bit naïve but the way Google acted until now I would have expected them to support this. On the other hand they can afford this edge and while net-neutrality is not yet a low they would miss out on a massive advantage, especially considering that they are caught in a gigantic battle with Facebook. So I guess I’ll just root for the FCC and hope that Google will remember its motto. I don’t think they are the bad guys yet. I hope they’ll never be.

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