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Steve Wozniak: Net Neutrality Decision Is Victory for Consumers

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) yesterday established a new Open Internet Order that implements strict net neutrality rules which prohibit speed throttling and paid fast lanes – and for the first time the rules will also apply to mobile internet services.

What is Net Neutrality?

The Associated Press describes net neutrality as the idea that websites or videos load at about the same speed. That means you won’t be more inclined to watch a particular show on Amazon Prime instead of Netflix because Amazon has struck a deal with your service provider to load its data faster.

The Internet is currently buzzing with comment and opinion on the FCC’s decision and Steve Wozniak who has been a keen advocate for an open internet shared his views with Bloomberg after the historic 3-2 vote in favour of net neutrality.

“I believe that the internet was so beautiful when it first came, even when it was dial up, even when almost nobody has seen it. It was such an open and free express form then over time is started getting closer and closer to getting clamped down” expressed Woz.

By reclassifying Internet Service Providers (ISPs) under Title II of the Communications Act, the internet is now regulated like a utility.

Woz continued “To me, more than anything else, this is a victory for the people, the consumers, the average Joes, against the suppliers who have all of the power and the wealth and make decisions for them and they feel hopeless and helpless and here four million of us signed petitions and I see it as an indication that the people can sometimes win. We’ve had a lot of defeats over the years but once in a while we get a win.”

Steve Wozniak is one of the technology industry’s most recognisable figures and whilst he thinks yesterday’s ruling was one of significance he still wants there to come a time when the internet is declared as a necessity and available to everyone – whilst sharing his personal frustration that he cannot get broadband in his Los Gatos home which is just a short Segway ride from a major town.

Take a look at his interview with Bloomberg below:

Don’t forget that Steve Wozniak will be joining us at Apps World Germany on April 22-23 at the CityCube Berlin. Register free for his keynote here: