Neutrality or Equality

The discussion about net neutrality has been ongoing for quite some time and is quite active again.

The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has ongoing discussion with ISPs over it, probably one of the reasons why Google and Verizon came out with a proposal distinguishing between wireless and wired internet access. 

Just wondering if Google had already planed it like that in 2006 but back then wireless hadn’t taken off like it has now. 

Interestingly the discussion isn’t as active in all countries, even in Germany the state leaves the discussion up to the telecommunication companies.This leads me to the question as to how we can handle global questions, until now I don’t see any institution capable to establish rules accepted and (if needed) enforced all over the world and yet we have the internet which could give equal chances to its users all over the world.  

The neutral communications medium is essential to our society. It is the basis of a fair competitive market economy. It is the basis of democracy, by which a community should decide what to do. It is the basis of science, by which humankind should decide what is true. Let us protect the neutrality of the net.

Tim Berners-Lee

[via ReadWriteWeb]