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Dear FCC Commissioners
Chairman Julius Genachowski,
Commissioner Michael J. Copps,
Commissioner Robert McDowell,
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn,
Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker
RE: Verizon snuffs Google for Microsoft search
(link to article included in original email)
Verizon has unilaterally blocked a Blackberry user's choice of which search service to use on that device by blocking Google's search engine and forcing users to the Microsoft Bing search engine. From the above web link: "The move is part of the five-year search and advertising deal Verizon signed with Microsoft in January for a rumored $500m."
This is a clear example of a service provider, Microsoft, paying for improved access to broadband customers. Not only improved, but exclusive access to Verizon Blackberry customers. Instead of the user's search results covering the entire web, they are forced to accept only what MS/Bing chooses to give them. Microsoft paid $500 Million for this exclusivity; one can only assume that Microsoft will now market it's exclusive search function to advertisers, who will pay Microsoft to be prominently displayed to the captive audience. Moreover, to make this pay off Microsoft will likely suppress advertisers who don't pay. Please remember that Microsoft is a convicted monopolist, as is Verizon in it's former life as part of the old ATT.
As part of the FCC study of Net Neutrality, please consider this a major violation. Verizon is using public frequencies and must provide full internet service to all cell devices without interference; they must allow the end users to select any web service of choice. If this Verizon action is allowed to stand, the next step will be Verizon putting similar restrictions on ALL smart phones on their network. After that it will spread to other cell networks.
PS: anyone can send a message to the FCC Commissioners - just Google the FCC and look through the main FCC page or find a link called "How to Contact the Federal Communications", which displays the names and email addresses. This is open government!! (You won't get that level of access to other branches of the federal government.)