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08/13/2010 09:50 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Twitter Users Cry Foul Over Google-Verizon Deal: See Their Tweets

Academics, agencies, and executives, among many others, have weighed in on Google and Verizon's joint policy proposal for an "open Internet," a framework that suggests how the government, and service providers, might handle Internet traffic and the controversial issue of net neutrality.

We've compiled reactions from tech's heavy hitters, including AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, and "Father of the Internet" Vint Cerf (Read them here).

But what are other people saying about the proposal? Is the general sentiment positive or negative? Social media monitoring firm Crimson Hexagon analyzed over 47,000 tweets posted between August 10 and 12 (the Google-Verizon proposal was announced August 9) and found that on the whole, the Twitterers felt negatively about the plan (See the chart in the slideshow below). However, it's important to consider that people most opposed to the plan may also be those most likely to take to Twitter to express their disagreement.

According to CrimsonHexagon's analysis, 27% thought the proposal represented a "corporate takeover of the web;" 27% said they "didn't expect this from Google" and found it contrary to the company's "Do no evil" motto; 17% were "generally against" the framework; 18% do not buy Google and Verizon's "open Internet" claims and feel that the plan goes against net neutrality; and 11% felt this was a "clear movement to create a class-system where people are provided opportunities based on their ability to meet financial criteria."

See additional tweeted reactions in the slideshow below, then read more about what Google and Verizon are suggesting here.

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