You’ve probably hear the saying that goes “the road to hell it’s paved with good intentions”… well, you might say something similar of zero-rating, the “new battleground for net neutrality“.
After just about everyone could agree that paying extra for premium access to some types of content it’s “A bad thing”, zero rating turns the situation on its feet: “here, have some Facebook and WhatsApp for free… but nothing else”, which it’s not only the immediate opposite of an Open Internet, but also a long-term threat to the kind of innovation and opportunities that we would like to see as an effect of a free and gratis Internet.
… of course, there might be some honorable exceptions and there should be a clear criteria for judging them (the linked article is in spanish).
Read more on Zero Rating and the Open Internet and Mozilla View on Zero-Rating.
Apple’s paranoid approach to developer relations, and, I assume, relations with other browser vendors (and, in fact, relations to anything outside itself) is becoming a serious liability to the open Web. That is the issue we must confront.
via Tired of Safari – QuirksBlog.
AWS, which most people think of as EC2 computing and S3 storage but actually contains a dozen or more cloud-based services, has become a quick and easy way to bring new Internet services to market with little or no capital by launching them on AWS and paying with a credit card. But given that Amazon is hosting all these new companies it shouldn’t be at all surprising that the company has learned a lot from that hosting experience and may covet some of these new businesses.
Originally posted on March 15, 2012 at 10:39PM at I, Cringely » Blog Archive » Lessons from Redmond – Cringely on technology