Those of you who’ve been on the moon this past few months will have missed out on the debacle of a debate, “net neutrality” has become. Celebrated inventor of the Internet, Tim Berners-Lee has been very vocal of late, calling for Internet Service Providers, (ISPs), to not implement a plan of speeding up the bandwidth of content providers with deep pockets, at the expense of smaller mom-and-pop websites.
Now the CEO of Virgin Media, Neil Berkett, has spoken out in favour of ditching net neutrality using the “more money for me please” business principle of selling your customers down the river.
“This net neutrality thing is a load of bollocks,” he said, in an interview to the Royal Television Society’s Television magazine, adding that Virgin is already in the process of doing deals to speed up the traffic of certain media providers.
To the layman, if ISPs start throttling the bandwidth of services that refuse to pay them premiums, (and it looks like they’ve already begun!), then you will experience a marked difference in quality. So-called “mainstream” Internet sites, (i.e. those who have lots of money), being fast to load, and those websites you probably visit more often, (including this one!), being so sluggish and crippled as to convince you not to bother.
This is capitalism at it’s finest, my friends; by artificially introducing problems in using the competition’s services, you cripple the competition! It’s a big threat to the Internet as we know it and we must do everything in our power to stop this rampant plague in its tracks!