Berners-Lee calls for free Internet access

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, has called for all the world's peoples to be given low-bandwidth Internet connections as an inalienable right.

In his keynote speech at the Nokia World conference, Berners-Lee stated he, "would like to see people enrolled in a cheap data plan by default. I would like them to get it [Internet access] for free."

Going in to details about his plan, Berners-Lee explained that with mobile data connections covering almost the entire planet, it should be trivial to provide everyone with basic Internet access as a fundamental human right.

Berners-Lee went to to say that "I initially assumed you should get [people] water first, you should get them health care and then it is the luxury of getting the web," but explained that his priorities have changed. "It is not actually like that," he told attendees at the conference, "the web can be pretty instrumental in getting them access to health care," making it a higher priority than he had previously thought.

It's not the first time that Berners-Lee has suggested such things. Back in 2007 he called for "a low-cost open platform" that would have greater penetration in the developing world than has so far emerged, warning that "we should not add connectivity to the long list that the richer countries have and the poorer ones do not."

Finishing his speech, Berners-Lee warned of the growing threat against net neutrality, stating: "the moment that you let net neutrality go, think what you lose: you lose the web as it is, that you can click on a link and go anywhere."