Stop Voogling and Ditch AT&T – You will live
August 14, 2010 19 Comments
Now that AT&T has also decided to join Google and Verizon with their controversial proposal to kill the net-neutrality, it is time to put a leash on these guys before it’s too late.
Those of you new to the subject, here are the recap:
Voogle Wireless (Verizon and Google) announced earlier this week a proposal for so- called net-neutrality rules that would restrict Internet-service providers from selectively slowing content that travels over their wires. You can read more about it here – The Good The Bad and The Ugly:
AT&T just joined them to support the proposal. The approach would let Verizon, AT&T, and other carriers discriminate against certain traffic, possibly favoring their own services.
Google, Verizon, and now AT&T claim the mobile-Internet market is different from the wireline one because it’s more competitive and changing rapidly.
How the hell are they different? A content is a f*cking content! When it comes to the internet, wireless or wired, it is all digital, meaning, everything is just packets of ones and zeros. Choosing which packets are preferential is something a totalitarian country would choose as their model for the internet.
If there is no net neutrality, it is like everyone has the same car, but someone would be choosing which ones can drive faster than others. So, if your data contains something critical of Google or Verizon, the corporate interests of those companies may be so that your packets travel at the slowest pace possible, if at all.
Therefore, net neutrality is the only way forward. They can keep their non net neutral world in places like China, where access to non-desirable content is moderated in different ways.
Before you continue reading, take a break and check out this final warning in a public service announcement that ran on television in the run up to the Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2007. Ironically, Google made this video:
No matter how much we preach about democracy, everything seems to move toward an economic/censorship entropy. If you review human governments, they all eventually become dictatorships in one form or another. The only difference now? Corporations play a bigger role then they did back when the East India Trading Company had control. More of the same. As the saying goes, there is nothing new under the sun.
What can we do to stop this non-sense?
It’s simple! No need to waste your time demonstrating in front of their office building like these guys did yesterday.
All you need to do is Stop Googling, Ditch your Droid, and dump AT&T! before any other big company decides to join them. We made these guys where they are today, we can also take them down.
– Alternative to AT&T services: The shittiest carrier operating in Bangladesh :-)
I think the Android platform is awesome but I’m going to ditch it. What Google is doing is wrong. Yes, they need to make money, but not at the expense of the future of a free and open Internet. No more Google search, maps or gmail for me.
I’m only one person, and probably have absolutely no affect on Big G’s bottom line, but this is what I can do to support the cause. Time to go shopping for a new phone.
If we don’t stop this now, the proposal will allow companies like Google, Verizon, and AT&T to do whatever they want and still hide behind a veil of “We support net neutrality”