As you've probably heard by now, Google and Verizon recently reached a deal on how they propose net neutrality be handled in the coming years. In a nutshell, they support full net neutrality—the concept that all websites and forms of web content are given equal bandwidth—for traditional, wired Internet. However, when it comes to wireless Internet—which continues to grow as many individuals' primary source of Internet connectivity—they'd like to have a higher level of control.
This reminds me of when, a year and a half ago, AT&T began to roll out metered Internet, charging extra to individuals who downloaded more information from the Internet.
In honor of network neutrality, the idea that everyone is equal on the Internet, I've pulled 5 of my favorite videos about Google, Verizon, and net neutrality in general. Hope you enjoy!
1. Vooglewireless.com Network Neutrality Ad: A video presented by vooglewireless.com of an actual PSA Google had created in an effort to sway legislators toward favoring net neutrality. My, how things change...
2. Google Verizon Attack Net Neutrality - That's Bullshit: Video by blogger Sam Seder mocking Google and Verizon.
3. Neutrality Dance Mix: Maybe not the most professional example of user-generated content, but a net neutrality rap, if you will...
4. Barack Obama on Network Neutrality: Obama states in the video, in no uncertain terms, that "We have to ensure free and full exchange of information, and that starts with a free and open Internet. I will take a backseat to no one in my commitment to network neutrality." Let's hope he still feels that way!
5. Save the Internet: A video by www.savetheinternet.com warning consumers of the potential dangers of losing network neutrality. Perhaps a little biased for some, but it has some good points.