Get more background information on Net-Neutrality from our past posts. Recently my colleagues and I had a discussion regarding the probability of an industry wide two-tier Internet in England. Although we had our disagreements, the consensus was to observe what is happening on the other side of the Atlantic.
However I am still puzzled by the relative apathy of the American decision makers who are gradually putting the freedom of the Internet at stake by letting big corporations like SBC or Comcast, which are relatively unknown telecommunication companies outside US frontiers, come forward with plans to implement an Internet Apartheid system.
As controversial as it might be, I think that it might indeed be a good thing for the rest of the world that the US proverbially shoots itself in the foot. Apart from the Telco companies (which obviously have everything to gain if the Net-neutrality debate turns their way), the rest of the technology companies know what they might be losing.
The Net Neutrality debacle might be the last straw that will force companies like Google or Yahoo to prospect more aggressively outside the US, which is both a threat to some and an opportunity for many others.
As large Internet companies bring their knowledge and their capital to the rest of the world, it might ironically trigger an Internet golden age similar to one that came just after the 2000 crash.