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December 15, 2008 – Comments (4)

So, while you were out cheering Google for defending the little guy, and for not being evil, Google was, under cover o' politics, trying to get premium pipelines in order to deliver your user-generated (or a digest version of it) content to people who search, and charge a toll for it along the way.

Google Inc. has approached major cable and phone companies that carry Internet traffic with a proposal to create a fast lane for its own content, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Google has traditionally been one of the loudest advocates of equal network access for all content providers.

One major cable operator in talks with Google says it has been reluctant so far to strike a deal because of concern it might violate Federal Communications Commission guidelines on network neutrality.

"If we did this, Washington would be on fire," says one executive at the cable company who is familiar with the talks, referring to the likely reaction of regulators and lawmakers.

In other words, Google's the same as everyone else, except for that "not evil" smokescreen.

4 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On December 15, 2008 at 9:06 AM, lquadland10 (< 20) wrote:

violate Federal Communications Commission guidelines  sence when did that matter to anyone in Washington or Big  Bussness or Wall Street imf treasury or the SEC ??????????

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#2) On December 15, 2008 at 9:33 AM, cubanstockpicker (20.20) wrote:

Since Google is already in Washington, lets give them a bailout too.

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#3) On December 15, 2008 at 11:29 AM, 4everlost (29.50) wrote:

A few years ago I thought MSFT was evil so I used anything else whenever I could; I used Google as an alternative a lot.  Now IMO Google is intrusive.  If you use Gmail it says in the terms of service that they are going to sift through your email and mine whatever data they can to target ads and do whatever else may benefit them economically.  Plus, they want to know my cell phone #, my contacts cell phone #s and email addresses, my calendar and anything else they can learn.  It feels grimy and smarmy to me.  Today I see I view MSFT as a cleaner alternative to Google and use other solutions whenever I can.

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#4) On December 15, 2008 at 2:02 PM, guiron (< 20) wrote:

Today I see I view MSFT as a cleaner alternative to Google and use other solutions whenever I can.

I doubt MS has improved in the meantime. I use FreeBSD, myself. But I like my gmail account, and I harbor no illusions that unencrypted email through going through any system is private. Basically, I assume that any email sent without encryption is being read by someone else, somewhere.

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