A couple of weeks ago a colleague of mine, Jeff Kuhns, was in Washington D.C. testifying to the U.S. Senate on the topic of Internet Neutrality. His message was strong, clear, and to was aimed at helping people understand why it is important for Higher Education to play on fair ground. I get the opportunity to listen to Jeff discuss this kind of thing on a regular basis and have formed a relatively informed opinion on the topic due to his conversations, those of others in Higher Education, and now from Tim Berners-Lee. Not sure if you recall what Sir Tim did, but it was fairly significant. At any rate, I thought I would share a link to his thoughts on the subject … it is an important, if not a critical issue for us all. His opening salvo pretty much paints the picture from his post … “When I invented the Web, I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission. Now, hundreds of millions of people are using it freely. I am worried that that is going end in the USA.”
So we are all on the same page here, he defines Net Neutrality as:
If I pay to connect to the Net with a certain quality of service, and you pay to connect with that or greater quality of service, then we can communicate at that level.