Target: Larry Page, Chief Executive Officer of Google
Goal: Drop charges against net neutrality activists and join the fight for a fair internet
Internet giant Google recently had ten people arrested for trespassing during a protest for network neutrality at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. A journalist was arrested alongside several demonstrators demanding that Google make an effort to preserve net neutrality in the United States. Rather than hear them out, the company moved to involve law enforcement and press charges against the small group.
Without network neutrality, internet service providers will be able to prioritize service to certain websites at their own discretion. This means that they could slow visitation speed to websites based on content, or provide faster connection speeds to larger websites willing to pay for it. This could create a more corporation-friendly internet where both users and smaller websites would become the victims of corporate greed. Unfortunately, we are losing the battle for neutrality as courts strike down open internet laws and the Federal Communications Commission moves to allow prioritization of internet speeds.
While Google has publicly announced its support for internet neutrality, it has made little meaningful effort to fight anti-neutrality legislation. As the #1 most visited website worldwide, the search engine could be using its power to do much more than it is. By arresting those asking for their help, they are sending a message that they are unwilling to fight the US government’s unfair laws on internet traffic prioritization. Your signature will demand that Google drop the charges against the activists, as well as open a dialogue with them about how they can help in the battle for a fair and neutral internet.
Dear Mr. Larry Page,
Ten activists and a journalist were recently arrested for trespassing during a demonstration for net neutrality at Google’s California headquarters. They were trying to secure Google’s help in the fight to ensure an internet free from unfair tiered service, which could give corporations and internet service providers control of the speed and content of the internet.
Rather than hearing the protesters and offering help, Google had them charged and removed from the property. While the search engine giant has publicly expressed support for net neutrality, it has not made meaningful progress to combat new anti-neutrality legislation. As the most visited website on the internet, Google should be putting its weight behind the movement rather than making empty promises about its intentions. I demand that Google increase its efforts to ensure a fair internet by dropping charges against the activists and opening a dialogue about how to improve net neutrality.
[Your Name Here]
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