Google Not as Evil As Wall Street Journal Thinks


The Wall Street Journal reports that Google has shifted its position on net neutrality, supported by big-thinker Lawrence Lessig.

Lessig responds with a post called "The made-up dramas of the Wall Street Journal."

Google says the issue is edge caching, of the sort long-practiced by Akamai and others.

A leading net neutrality proponent isn't buying the Journal's interpretation.

Analysis: "[T]he WSJ is blowing this totally out of proportion when it comes to the Google/net neutrality angle. But that doesn't mean it doesn't raise other important questions for those who line up behind the big internet companies in the expectation that Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo will fight various fights for them...Google is no longer the defender of Silicon Valley... it's done a number of deals that allow it to leverage its cash reserves to make life more difficult for others, but allow Google to protect itself."

As I said not long ago, Google is at this point another large company that will behave like other large companies.

UPDATE: "The incredible response to that Wall Street Journal article about Google and net neutrality is a reminder that fact-checking can now happen very quickly, and very visibly. "