Google cofounder Sergey Brin might not have been able to lobby all the US
senators he wanted
earlier this week
to stop a bill that threatens net neutrality. But Google still has a big stick
to wave — its users.
The Debate over Net Neutrality on the Official Google Blog urges Google
users to call their representatives and ask that the bill be stopped (it’s up
for a vote this week).
The blog points to an
open letter Eric Schmidt has written to Google users, bulletpointing three
action steps — call, sign online petitions and sign-up for a new
Google Policy Alert list.
That list is notable. It will give Google the ability to mobile users for future
policy fights — assuming they jump in on it, of course.
The really big gun has yet to be rolled out. There’s nothing I see on the
Google home page about the call to action. C’mon Google, if you’re that serious
about it, put something out where your users will actually see it, on the home
Searches on net
neutrality don’t bring up any Google house ads that target those in the US.
They do bring up ads for the two online petitions Google is promoting:
SaveTheInternet.com. No idea if these are free or discounted ads — I’ll
check on this and postscript if this turns out to be the case. I suspect not.
Unofficially, Microsoft calling for action. At least
Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble is, in his
Key network neutrality bill up for vote tomorrow.
Postscript: Net neutrality failed in a US House Of Representatives vote yesterday, sadly.