Occupy Google protest takes a stand at Google headquarters
Demanding the tech giant do more to protect Net neutrality, protesters picket the company's Silicon Valley campus. Only thing is that Google is already a defender of their cause.
While Google has taken a stance in defense of Net neutrality, it appears some activists don't think the Internet giant is doing enough.
An offshoot of the Occupy movement staged a protest at the tech giant's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters on Tuesday calling their action Occupy Google. The demonstrators demanded that the company "take action and protect Net neutrality."
The protest appeared to be very small scale. According to the local Mercury News, only about 20 demonstrators showed up.
The group created an Occupy Google website where it lists its requirements for a free and open Internet. It says it's planning a "day of action" on July 10 in which it intends to stage coordinated online protests to support Net neutrality.
The group is demanding that Google "blackout their entire website for a day, replacing it with a link to petitions and the FCC comment page," "add a link to their homepage to inform visitors and connect them to petitions online," and "create their own creative way to connect their users to this issue and how to fight back."
The crux of the activists' complaints stem from a recent proposal by the Federal Communications Commission that could create so-called Internet "fast lanes" that might allow Internet service providers to block access or discriminate against traffic traveling over their connections.
However, Google is against this proposal also. It was one of nearly 150 tech companies to sign an open letter to the FCC in May asking that the agency do what it can to safeguard Net neutrality and maintain a "free and open Internet." Other companies to sign the letter included Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, eBay, and Amazon.
"Instead of permitting individualized bargaining and discrimination, the Commission's rules should protect users and Internet companies on both fixed and mobile platforms against blocking, discrimination, and paid prioritization, and should make the market for Internet services more transparent," the letter reads. "Such rules are essential for the future of the Internet."
CNET contacted Google for comment. We'll update the story when we get more information.