Just after more than 30,000 of you spoke out about Google and Verizon's plans to undermine the open Internet, the details became clear. It's worse than we thought.1
As our friends at MoveOn put it, the Google/Verizon plan would "create two separate, unequal sections of the Internet — one for big business that would be high-speed and exclusive, and then the inferior, slow 'public Internet' that would be available to you and me."
The Google-Verizon proposal kills net neutrality while claiming to protect it — and worse, the companies want this proposal to become law. This is unacceptable. The FCC must act now — it's their job to write rules governing the Internet, not the corporations they're supposed to be regulating. Tell the FCC to reject this bad deal and enact strong net neutrality protections now:
The deal between Google and Verizon may be great for their bottom line, but it's terrible for everyday Americans. It calls for the creation of a "public internet" — which would remain open — and a "private internet," which would not. The faster "private internet" would choke the life out of the "public internet," leaving those who can't afford to pay to have their content or applications run with faster service struggling to keep up.
Worse, this deal would leave the Internet without any meaningful safeguards. If a broadband provider decided to break the few rules there are, the proposed fines are too low to deter providers from violating them.
This is what happens when big corporations get to write the rules that govern them: they win and the public loses. Speak out to demand that the FCC put strong net neutrality rules in place right now:
Earlier this year, the FCC looked like it was on track to ensure we could all enjoy strong net neutrality provisions. But a federal lawsuit forced the FCC to change its plans.
The FCC can still enforce net neutrality, but it first must revisit a Bush-era decision to deregulate broadband. By revisiting this decision and reclassifying broadband as a communication service, the FCC can do everything it needs to do to protect American consumers. And in fact, the chair of the FCC, Julius Genachowski, announced his intentions to do this.
But he has backed away from this plan under intense pressure from the telecommunications industry. Our federal regulators need to stop caving to big business and take a stand for us. The FCC has all the tools it needs to protect our interests and ensure the Internet remains a vital engine of information exchange and innovation. Genachowski must act now, before Google and Verizon's bad idea becomes an even worse reality.
Please join us in calling on the FCC to act immediately to save a free and open Internet, and when you do, please ask your friends and family to do the same:
Thanks and Peace,
-- James, Dani, William, Gabriel, Milton, and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
August 11th, 2010
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1. "Google-Verizon Pact: It Gets Worse," Huffington Post, 8-9-2010