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Google Response

By on 5.15.06 | 3:02PM

We've heard from Google related to our item this morning regarding MoveOn.org's involvement in the "Net Neutrality" fight.

Google sent along a statement that reads, in part:

Google Inc. is not a financial supporter of MoveOn.org as your article of May 15 entitled "Internet Nationalization" asserts. As a result it is unequivocally incorrect to state that MoveOn has received "…more than $1 million from Google and its lobbyists..."

It is wholly accurate to say that network neutrality is an issue of great importance to our users and to Google as a result. Broadband providers should not be permitted to use their market power to control what consumers see and do online. For 100 years telephone companies have been prohibited from telling consumers who they can call. For two decades Internet carriers have been prohibited from dictating what users do online. Broadband carriers should not now be allowed to pick winners and losers in the competitive Internet market.

We'll have more on this issue later.

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