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Profiting from the Net-Neutrality Debacle

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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.