I love Wozniak and his crazy chat, but this time he’s written something absolutely lucid and important. This time it’s about Net Neutrality. In an open letter to the FCC, Steve talked about what the problems caused for people in the US by the phone and cable companies, because these companies were basically left unchecked. It perfectly shows what could happen if ISPs are allowed to shape or even block certain types of web traffic as they see fit.
Imagine in the future, when your ISP makes you pay extra to use Skype, or to access your server via FTP, or to view certain types of web page. This could neuter the internet before it’s even had a chance to realise its full potential. This is why Wozniak is urging the FCC to make regulations need to become law.
While this is all quite US centric, it has relevance across the world, including here in the UK, where our government seems to be hell bent on destroying the clear access to the internet that businesses and young developers and designers need to learn and build the cool stuff that will have an impact in the future.