Tim Berners-Lee, the man who actually did invent the world wide web, has a few words to say on the subject of net neutrality and the efforts of the US telecoms to turn their part of it into gated communities.
When I invented the Web, I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission. Now, hundreds of millions of people are using it freely. I am worried that that is going end in the USA.
Berners-Lee also has this to say about the spectre of “government regulation of the web” ominously raised by telecom lobbyists.
Yes, regulation to keep the Internet open is regulation. And mostly, the Internet thrives on lack of regulation. But some basic values have to be preserved. For example, the market system depends on the rule that you can’t photocopy money. Democracy depends on freedom of speech. Freedom of connection, with any application, to any party, is the fundamental social basis of the Internet, and, now, the society based on it.
THAT’S why net neutrality is so important.