Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Google THIS, Verizon!

As a follow up to my previous post on net neutrality, I’d like to point out that Google and Verizon both have their positions on the issues.

Google has been known as the pro camp, and Verizon is the (you guessed it) anti camp.

Google has said that they were willing to make the ‘sacrifices’ needed to ensure that they and only they had access to their consumers. In other words, they want complete control. Big Brother 17, anyone? Verizon has stated that they wish to be able to build large networks that encompass the use of telephone, cable, wireless, blah blah blah. But they also would be engaging in competitive business practices, which Google is against. Personally, I have no problem with it, as long as it they aren’t running a monopoly, because this is America and capitalism is a GOOD thing. But if you are going to do it, own it. Don’t say oh, we’d NEVER take out a small ISP. First of all, of course you will. You want those customers and a buyout is cheaper than a media campaign, etc., to get those customers to roll over. Second, when you DO eventually buy out, people like me with long memories will remember and call you liars. In print. Probably not the best plan for a great customer service image.

The problem with this issue is, it is complex. People don’t understand it. Hell, I barely do. Politicians see this as a non-issue because it is so hard to understand.
Google and Verizon have partnered together before, if anyone has an Android phone you know what I am talking about. The problem with each solution or compromise, if you will, that comes to the table, is ultimately rejected by the other side. Not enough common ground. My grandmother used to say, “Can’t win for losing!” Sadly I think this is where Google & Verizon have ended up.

I support any deal that Verizon & Google could come to terms on, but Congress needs to back off, give the FCC control, or use an almost invisible hand. Less government is more freedom!

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