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Internet Fast Lane Proposal 'Built on Bribes', Says Web Founder

Trend Summary: The so-called 'Father of the Internet' warns that the world wide web is endangered by power-hungry internet service providers.

According to Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, the English computer scientist who created the World Wide Web, his invention is endangered by profit-hungry Internet Service Providers [ISPs] who stand to wield an unacceptable level of power over a medium intended by Sir Tim to be a decentralised network in which no single entity could ...

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... dictate outcomes to everyone else.

Berners-Lee criticised ISPs and other opponents of net neutrality regulation who argue that applying restrictions on their activities is tantamount to regulating the Internet.

Not so says Berners-Lee, who posits that there's a fundamental difference between regulating the providers of broadband and government oversight of the services that run on top of it. He argues that strong net neutrality rules would help preserve the line dividing the two, thereby limiting the incentive of ISPs to meddle in the market for services.

Sir Tim cites the US market as an example. "A lot of congressmen say 'Well, sign up for the free market', and feel that it's just something you should leave to go by itself."

Berners-Lee disagrees. "Well yeah, the market works well so long as nobody prints money. So we have rules, okay? You don't steal stuff, for example. The US dollar is something that everyone relies on. So the government keeps the dollar a stable thing, nobody steals stuff, and then you can rely on the free market."

He recalls that when he first created the Web, he took the telephone wire coming out of his wall, plugged it into his computer and could instantly connect to any other computer. He didn't have to ask his telephone company's permission to introduce a new feature, he wryly noted.

But the rules currently under review by the Federal Communications Commission, would tacitly allow ISPs to charge content companies for priority access to consumers, and change how easily inventors could spread their ideas.

In such a future, Berners-Lee warns, new technologies and companies might crop up faster in countries other than the USĀ  if services were forced to "bribe" their way to success.

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[Estimated timeframe: Q3 2014 onward]

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Source: WashingtonPost.com
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