May 28, 2006

NYTimes Sounds the Alarm [10:14 am]

Editorial Observer: Why the Democratic Ethic of the World Wide Web May Be About to End

Sir Tim [Berners-Lee] argues that service providers may be hurting themselves by pushing for tiered pricing. The Internet’s extraordinary growth has been fueled by the limitless vistas the Web offers surfers, bloggers and downloaders. Customers who are used to the robust, democratic Web may not pay for one that is restricted to wealthy corporate content providers.

“That’s not what we call Internet at all,” says Sir Tim. “That’s what we call cable TV.”

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