CAREER SUICIDE appears to be the UK Conservative MP Ed Vaizey's main goal at the moment, having made a speech that can only bring more ire down on the already not too popular Conservative, Liberal Democrat coalition Government.
Vaizey, the Minister for Culture but obviously not technology or common sense, has told the world that the Government is happy to end net neutrality. He thinks that a multi-lane Internet with content makers getting charged for the priority level their data gets is a jolly good thing.
Speaking at the Financial Times World Telecoms conference in London, Vaizey was reported by the BBC to have said, "We have got to continue to encourage the market to innovate and experiment with different business models and ways of providing consumers with what they want."
He continued, "This could include the evolution of a two-sided market where consumers and content providers could choose to pay for differing levels of quality of service."
Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken of government data going on the Internet and an open source approach to its social and corporate use, so the anti-net neutrality stance chafes somewhat. Cameron even publicised his meeting and video conference with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is a man who knows exactly what do with other people's private data to line his own pockets.
Internet guru Sir Tim Berners-Lee told Nokia World in September that the end of net neutrality would be a very bad thing indeed for the world wide web that he helped create. Vaizey, meanwhile, might have got his bonkers idea from O2's CEO Ronan Dunne. Dunne told a conference that a multi lane Internet would not be the end of net neutrality and that it could be as good as the M25. Which is a road that he clearly never uses.
Instead of taking the advice of Internet sages such as Sir Tim, this government prefers to climb in bed with privacy violaters and those commercial schemers who want to put up toll booths on the Internet. How much more wrong can they get? µ