Does anyone care about Net Neutrality?Sunday, October 22, 2006
Russell Shaw, a self-professed student of human behavior, suggests that the reason IT professionals don't care about Net Neutrality is because they simply don't have the time to think about it.
He is, however, only responding to a subset of attendees at a trade show, who may be more overworked than other techies, and therefore less able to worry about the consequences of a change in Internet governing policies. Depending on your view, these policies may expedite or delay the widespread deployment of affordable broadband services, which would facilitate the adoption of such things as mobile VoIP and mobile video conferencing.
On the other hand, the SavetheInternet.com coalition has only managed to gather 1.1 million signatures to date. I'd say that's a pretty low number when compared to the amount of technically inclined citizens there are in the U.S. That would mean that those who haven't yet signed (a) don't care, (b) are against Net Neutrality, or (c) like me, care about the issue but don't agree with either extreme approach.
I'd like to see a middle-of-the-road plan to address this issue. Then again, would anyone care?