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Tim Berners-Lee wrote ten solid paragraphs that break down Net Neutrality – Joe Murphy

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Tim Berners-Lee wrote ten solid paragraphs that break down Net Neutrality

First, you have the lead: ” When I invented the Web, I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission.”

Next, you have these two favorite paragraphs from Berners-Lee’s piece on Net Neutrality:

Control of information is hugely powerful. In the US, the threat is that companies control what I can access for commercial reasons. (In China, control is by the government for political reasons.) There is a very strong short-term incentive for a company to grab control of TV distribution over the Internet even though it is against the long-term interests of the industry.

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.

Read the whole article, Net Neutrality: This is serious, here.

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