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Media Alert – Stop Google/Verizon Deal

August 5, 2010

(This Media Alert is from the group Save the Internet.)

Google is about to cut a deal with Verizon that would end the Internet as we know it.

According to a front-page New York Times story, the deal allows “Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege.”

It would create fast Internet lanes for the largest corporations and slow lanes for the rest of us.

That’s why we’re starting a mass protest by Google users to stop these two companies from joining forces to sell out millions of people like us who use the Internet.

Google’s motto is supposed to be “Don’t Be Evil.” But this deal puts the company in bed with the devil.

From the beginning, the Internet has been a level playing field that allows everyone to connect to one another and the world of content available online — whether it’s ABC News or your cousin’s wedding video. There’s only one Internet, and it shouldn’t matter who your provider is or whether you’re logging on from home or your cell phone.

This deal will change all of that, allowing Google and Verizon to pick what websites you can see over others. The result couldn’t be bleaker for the future of the Internet and for free speech and independent voices online.

Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin created Google to make information freely available to everyone online. But this deal is a complete reversal that abandons their core principles:

Sign this letter and tell Google’s founders:
“Your Verizon deal IS evil, and it must be stopped.”

It’s up to the millions of people who use Google every day to tell the company to do the right thing.

Google must walk away from this bad deal, and make sure Internet users everywhere can enjoy the entire open Internet wherever, whenever and however they want.

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