Friday, August 07, 2009
Is access to the Internet equivalent to access to the Web itself?
There is a short article “Network Neutrality, Web Access, & The Public Knowledge Project” here, dated Dec. 2008.
The author (Victor Godot) makes a distinction between “access to the Internet” and “access to contents on the Web” (presumably including publishing on the Web, possibly free or personal content). The author feels that this could lead to setting up a “major leagues” on the Internet, and the relegation of the “minors” or “sandlots” to sporadic or unreliable and less credible service.
Generally, so far, the economics of the Internet haven’t worked out that way as he fears. But future political forces or methods of control, as Lessig describes in his “Code 2.0”, might take us in that direction.