Thursday, April 17, 2008

Neil Berkett, The World Disagrees With You!

"This net neutrality thing is a load of bollocks."

Those are the words of Neil Berkett, the new CEO of Virgin Media (the second largest ISP in the UK) in an interview with the Royal Television Society's Television magazine. What's even more alarming is that Virgin Media has already started discussions to companies and providers to "destroy" Net Neutrality.

Virgin Media will be controlling the bandwidth/speed of their users by litteraly limitting the bandwidth to Website that don't give money to Virgin Media.
"We promise to put any website or service that won't pay Virgin a premium to reach its customers into the 'Internet bus lane'."

I'm usually not the type to get involved in any "activism", but Net Neutrality is very important to me. I've been using a computer since 1989 and the internet since 1995, when it was out to the public in different Internet Cafés and to the technologicaly-advanced home-users. The internet is "freedom". The freedom of speech, the freedom of not being rejected, the freedom of getting the information that you want or need, the freedom of small people/companies with big ideas to get attention.

Without Net Neutrality, the internet as we know it would cease to exist. There would be not more bloggers, no more vloggers on Youtube - heck, probably no more Youtube, no more Myspace and Facebook, no more forums, no more small company websites... The internet would be the home of big companies with big wallets, and controlled information.

If you are reading this, please show your concerns to your ISP. With the internet, we all have a voice - let's use it. Contact your ISP, blog/vlog about this issue, post on forums or your personal Website/MySpace/Facebook. If you use Virgin Media, please cancel your service. Virgin already breached their end of the very contract that you, the Virgin-user, have signed.

We have to shout loud and clear to Neil Berkett that the world does not agree with you (Neil)!