Hey we can afford tiered service in a non-net neutrality world. What, can’t you?
Google isn’t a partner with the progressive movement. They will sometimes line up with us, but at the end of the day they will choose to act on behalf of their corporate bottom line and not their motto of “Don’t Be Evil.” Of course, that’s what they are — a giant corporation. The best way to ensure progressives aren’t disappointed when companies like Google stop being good partners is to not go out of the way to praise them for the moments when they happen to do the right thing. They will always have their eyes on the scale and can’t be expected to do things that are good for anyone other than Google and their shareholders. We saw this with the launch of the censor engine Google.cn and the company’s flailing (and failing) defense of itself for buoying a fascist government like China’s. That we see it again with net neutrality should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention.