Founder Of The Web Calls For Net Neutrality Measures

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web, has urged the UK government to introduce measures to support net neutrality and help protect the open internet.

Speaking during a round table conference called by communications minister Ed Vaizey, Berners-Lee said that the web needed to be governed by a set of rules that would prevent internet service providers from misusing it.

The conference was attended by representatives of the UK government, telecoms regulator Ofcom, the BBC, Facebook, Skype and BT. Several consumer and open rights groups were also present during the discussions.

Three main measures were suggested that could help bring about net neutrality: full access to legal content for all internet users, transparency regarding web traffic management policies deployed by ISPs, and there should be no discrimination against content providers based on commercial rivalry.

“While transparency about traffic management policy is a good thing, best practices should also include the neutrality of the net. The web has grown so fast precisely because we have had two independent markets, one for connectivity, and the other for content and applications,” Berners-Lee said.

Communications minister Ed Vaizey called the conference highly 'productive' and also praised the move by several ISPs to give transparent information regarding how they manipulate speeds to maintain network traffic.