Another opinion on Net Neutrality

This comes from a friend of mine who was a key figure in the development of the Internet as we know it today.
In a recent email, I included this postscript:
P.S. Do you have a strong opinion on net neutrality? If so, would you share it with me?

He replied as follows:

I was writing an editorial about it, but set it aside for some other stuff. I can't claim to be an expert. But the Carrier vs Google story seems flawed to me.

  • The carrier needs some incentive to provide better service, where better means a lot of things, from faster to more reliable, etc.  The carriers need disincentives to setting up toll gates or road blocks.
  • We really want to serve the User's interests, not Google's, per se.  So I think I'd let the service providers have the moral equivalent of 800 calls where they accept the charges, but not a better level of service.