Neutrality? Er…probably

I support the protests being mounted today against proposed changes to the net neutrality rules in the USA but pardon me if I do so with an ironic smirk.

So here are a number of fiercely capitalist enterprises complaining about allowing the price mechanism to determine the sort of internet access an individual consumer receives. Markets don’t always know best or produce the best results? Who knew? This is Bolshevism. Where will it all end?

And, of course, when the EU addressed net neutrality it sought to ban businesses from managing traffic to shield children from inappropriate content.

As they might have asked in Judea: “What has net neutrality ever done for us”? Allowed the internet to become dominated by a handful of winner-take-all monopolies who are now worried that access providers could undermine their current dominance. To do so in the name of protecting the interests of small businesses sort of wins a prize. For what exactly I haven’t yet decided. Chutzpah maybe?Answers on a postcard please.

About John Carr

John Carr is a member of the Executive Board of the UK Council on Child Internet Safety, the British Government's principal advisory body for online safety and security for children and young people. In the summer of 2013 he was appointed as an adviser to Bangkok-based ECPAT International. Amongst other things John is or has been a Senior Expert Adviser to the United Nations, ITU, the European Union, a member of the Executive Board of the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online, Secretary of the UK's Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety. John has advised many of the world's largest internet companies on online child safety. In June, 2012, John was appointed a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. More: http://johncarrcv.blogspot.com
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