About Verizon and Google proposal about Net Neutrality for Mr. Page and Mr. Brin

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.

Kindest regards,

Mario Pena

“Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici”


About Verizon and Google proposal about Net Neutrality for Mr. Page and Mr. Brin

Más amenazas para los ciudadanos en Internet

La neutralidad de Internet está de nuevo en peligro por el interés de las compañías de telecomunicaciones que no consideran la libertad de los ciudadanos para elegir como algo interesante a sus ambiciones. Básicamente John McCain, candidato a la presidencia en las pasadas elecciones, autoconfeso iliterado tecnológico, ha recibido casi un millón de dólares de las compañías de cable para inmediatamente crear una propuesta que evite la decisión de FCC para mantener la neutralidad de Internet.

Básicamente lo que quieren las compañías que nos ofrecen conexión a Internet es tener el poder suficiente como para que transacciones de información que pueda ser anticompetitiva para con los servicios que proporcionan, vayan más lentas. Si la compañía A ofrece video en streaming con publicidad e intentamos acceder a los contenidos de Youtube, podrían ralentizar la descarga o el acceso a Youtube discriminando o limitando nuestros derechos básicos de acceso a la información.

El video a continuación está en inglés, aunque espero que la gente lo entienda. Lo gracioso del video es que si no existiera la neutralidad en la red, podría darse que la compañía con la que accedes a esta web podría fácilmente limitar que puedas ver esta información en detrimento de las informaciones que la empresa pueda tener por su parte.

Más amenazas para los ciudadanos en Internet