Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee given net neutrality role
World Wide Web creator to adopt new net position
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man largely responsible for the World Wide Web, has been tasked with promoting net neutrality in the UK.
Working alongside the Broadband Stakeholder Group Berners-Lee will look to build on the current voluntary code of practise for ISPs in the UK with the nation’s Culture Minister, Ed Vaisey, describing his role as expanding “the agreement to cover managing and maintaining the open internet.”
The three basic rules that currently make up the code of practise for ISPs have been crafted by Vaisey with the culture minister detailing their guidelines. He said: "The first is users should be able to access all legal content. Second, there should be no discrimination against content providers on the basis of commercial rivalry and finally traffic management policies should be clear and transparent.”
Further pushing the need for net neutrality Vaisey added: "The internet has brought huge economic and social benefits across the world because of its openness and that must continue."
Whilst there is currently no legislation in place in the UK enforcing net neutrality, Berners-Lee’s new role will see him working alongside key web players such as Google and the BBC to ensure the web stays free and open to all. On his new position and the proposals for neutrality Berners-Lee stated: "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."