Dear Mr. Page and Mr. Brin,
Here I’m sending this open letter mail from GoogleMail, one of the various Google service I use everyday. Also is the first mail I ever send to you. Of course I keep in mind you that you are very busy and most probably won’t get to read this, but I send it anyway for I believe is important.
Quite soon I ,might be traveling to the Silicon Valley, I’ve been a couple of times in Google headquarters at Mountainview. It’s amazing the spirit you can find there. I’m kind of a Google related products fan. But I’m not a fan boy. I always keep the necessary distance when dealing with powerful companies.
I work in what you’d call a startup and now am working on a spinoff of that one which deals with new business models around digital content. After having been thinking for years about ways to solve some of the content industry problems, one thing looks crystal clear: Whatever has to be done will be done in the Internet. And Internet means, as you know, the whole Internet. It really doesn’t matter the way we access to the Web, but that we can access it in a neutral way if we want to compete and to show that other ways can be tested to achieve a good relationship between rights holders and end users.
And to be honest, that is one of the reasons I don’t like your proposal together with Verizon. Wireless might be challenging, but deep inside, if you look at it, is no more challenging than old modems used to be back not many years ago. To foster innovation and to reach a sustainable way of having ubiquous online wireless Internet is the Net Neutrality what we need. Otherwise I believe we would still be using 36k modems instead of semi-broadband technologies.
I believe Google, and you two specially, understand this in a much clearer way and is your responsibility to go with your users rather thant with other big telecomunications company. As someone said, you have been choosen by us to lead, to fight for us, and the profit of being with your users goes way beyond mere money, it goes to loyalty and people that would fight shoulder by shoulder with you against anything that might come.
If there is something great men know how to do well is to admit mistakes and to change their possitions when necessary. Now is your time and you will not be alone if you do so. We can forgive and most important, we need to be able to forgive Google.
“Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici”