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Protest at Google
Date Friday August 13
Time 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Location Details
In front of large Google Sign @
Google Headquarters
1900 Amphitheater Pkwy (@ Google Way)
Mountain View, CA
Event Type Protest
Organizer/AuthorRaging Grannies
Emailinfo [at] raginggrannies.com
Demonstrators to Protest Google-Verizon Proposal to FCC

On Friday, August 13th, at noon support internet neutrality by joining the Raging Grannies in protest in front of Google headquarters in Mountain View. The Grannies will be demonstrating to protest Google's poorly veiled attempt to look as if they support principles of net neutrality.

The Grannies say: "The FCC doesn't need input from Google OR Verizon. And now AT&T has joined in the corporate grab in support of the Google proposal to the FCC. Those are all companies the FCC is supposed to be overseeing. The Google-Verizon plan actually works against the concepts of true internet neutrality because corporations are motivated by profit. When Google says they support internet neutrality the opposite is actually true. They are really just laying the groundwork to protect their markets".

The Grannies will provide songs, signs, and talking points. Come help us make a big showing at arrogant Google. Media is expected, both corporate and independent.
Added to the calendar on Thursday Aug 12th, 2010 1:19 PM
§Google - Don't Be Evil Rally
by Media Alliance Friday Aug 13th, 2010 12:59 AM
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Google - Don't Be Evil Rally

Google Corporate Headquarters

Amphitheatre Parkway and Charleston Road

Mountain View, CA

Friday August 13, 2010 Noon

Since late last week, when Google and Verizon announced their "deal" on network neutrality, a storm has broken out on the Internet, with over 300,000 people signing petitions decrying the corporate negotiation and standing up for the right of the people to have a say in how their communications system works. Talks between the Federal Communications Commission and industry leaders including AT&T and Skype, collapsed after word of the deal between the two leaked out.

The agreement, while upholding some basic tenets about transparency from providers on their network practices, creates huge loopholes for the large media corporations ; including an exemption for wireless networks, and the ability to prioritize some content over others.

These would be major changes from standard operating procedure on the web as we have grown to depend on it - and point towards an Internet future of largely unregulated wireless networks replacing utility-style wireline services. Paid prioritization of content can lead to fast lanes and slow lanes on the Internet - with the public interest largely relegated to a slower and less desirable backroad on the worldwide web.

We cannot let the Internet go the route of broadcast and cable, industries that also relentlessly fought regulation, and which consistently fail to provide the information we need for a vibrant democracy and a just world.

On-line advocacy group Moveon.org is calling for a rally tomorrow, Friday August 13th at Google corporate headquarters at 12:00 noon. Google is located in Mountain View at the intersection of Amphitheater Parkway and Charleston Road.

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