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NeutralityÃ¢â¬â¢ Is New Challenge for Internet Pioneer
an Interview on Net Neutrality with Sir Tim Berners-Lee By JOHN MARKOFF Published: September 27, 2006
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Q. Do you have a view about the behavior of the telephone companies in this debate? Is this simply traditional monopolist behavior, or is it more subtle? Have you talked to them to understand their motivations?
A. I have tried, when IÃ¢â¬â¢ve had the opportunity to find out, to understand their motivations, but I canÃ¢â¬â¢t speak for them. So all I can do is guess. But my guess is that itÃ¢â¬â¢s not that this is a nefarious planned plot to take over the Internet by a bunch of people who hate it. What I imagine is that it is simply the culture of companies, which have been using a particular business model for a very long time. So I think there is a clash of corporate cultures.
Q. What do you make of justifications involving quality of service, which would give certain types of Internet data, like voice and video, right of way over other kinds of data?
A. They say, Ã¢â¬ÅIt will cost us an awful lot of money for this quality of service, and therefore we will have to disband neutrality.Ã¢â¬Â TheyÃ¢â¬â¢re not actually logical. Some people say perhaps we ought to be able to charge more for this very special high-bandwidth connectivity. Of course thatÃ¢â¬â¢s fine, charge more. Nobody is suggesting that you shouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t be able to charge more for a video-capable Internet connection. ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s no reason not to make it anything but neutral.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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