I just read on the news something really unexpected. Leaving Verizon aside, Google has earned over the years an image of being a “cool” company, always supporting open source and free services. This might change after the proposal they have presented with Verizon to the Federal Communications Commission. This deal could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege. This means that, unless you pay extra money, the videos posted on your blog will load slower than the ones on, for example, ABC news.

The deal marks the beginning of the end of the Internet as you know it. Since its beginnings, the Net was a level playing field that allowed all content to move at the same speed, whether it’s ABC News or your uncle’s video blog. That’s all about to change, and the result couldn’t be more bleak for the future of the Internet, for television, radio and independent voices.

As expected, shortly after the announcement, big names of the online services, such as Amazon and Facebook, have made public statements against this proposal because it is detrimental for the consumer’s access to the net.

Let’s hope it just ends as an unsuccessful proposal.

Who could have expected this from Google? As the author of the news quotes, Google had stated otherwise in 2006:

Notice how a company can change their tune in the name of profitmaking. From Google in 2006: “Today the Internet is an information highway where anybody – no matter how large or small, how traditional or unconventional – has equal access. But the phone and cable monopolies, who control almost all Internet access, want the power to choose who gets access to high-speed lanes and whose content gets seen first and fastest. They want to build a two-tiered system and block the on-ramps for those who can’t pay.”

(News in Spanish)