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, but to err on the side of caution is probably a good thing.
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.