Thursday, January 23, 2014
Web 3.0 could become more like the pre-WWW world in worst case scenarios, with no network neutrality, some warn
Today, I made a major posting on my Network Neutrality Blog about some analysis of the possible consequences of the recent DC Appeals Court ruling. It’s unclear right now how the FCC will proceed, but I wanted to note that there are some dire predictions about how the lack of neutrality could recreate a world where only larger companies can reach an audience with their media.
For example, the Huffington Post has an article (Jan. 15, 2014) by Betsy Isaacson on what the Web 3.0 world could soon look like, (website url) here , not even Web 1.0, more like “Zero”.
The problem is that telecommunications companies could require ordinary publishers on the web to pay “ransom” to get reasonable access for users, unless Congress or the courts further intervene. Don’t count on Congress.
But maybe there is a “silver linings playbook”, where you don’t have to be as perfect or rich as Bradley Cooper to be noticed online. Companies that host blogs and videos (Google, including Blogger and YouTube, Wordpress, Tumblr, Vimeo, etc) could obviously negotiate with the telecoms for their users. So would the big social media companies (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Myspace, etc). A better question would be whether conventional (whether shared or dedicated) web hosting companies (like Verio, GoDaddy, BlueHost, Network Solutions, etc) could do so for their clients. Somehow, that idea makes the Loudoun County Partway (in exurban northern Virginia) an important literal metaphor. Suddenly, politicians in northern Virginia, around Austin Texas, Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, Boston, and Silicon Valley have a job to do.
There is still an element in our culture that believes you should prove you can sell to others before you are heard from, because that is supposed to prove you have to provide for others. Ponder that.