First off, the old Blogger blog has been nuked and the import to WordPress has been more or less successful. If you come across a broken link among the older posts, please let me know and I’ll do my best to fix them.
I also posted this to my YouTube channel today.
It’s been posted on both the Facebook page and re-posted a number of times on Twitter including one direct tweet to Google. (Let it not be said that I’m not afraid to plink the bull.) While I hope others get behind this, for now, I’m content to let the cheese stand alone.
In fairness, it must be noted that Google is denying the early reports and saying that they still back an open internet.
Google, however, told Computerworld this morning that there is no basis to the reports.
“The New York Times is quite simply wrong,” wrote Mistique Cano, a Google spokeswoman, in an e-mail. “We have not had any conversations with Verizon about paying for carriage of Google traffic. We remain as committed as we always have been to an open Internet.”
Google, however, has not denied being in discussions with Verizon and other Internet companies about Net neutrality issues in general. Verizon also confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that it has been in ongoing talks with Google and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
So, the question is, Is Google backtracking because of the public backlash or did the New York Times get the initial reporting wrong. Either way, we need to keep the heat on. Constant pressure is going to be the one thing that walks us through this mess.