Attempts by telecom companies in the US to charge for different levels of online web access are not "part of the internet model," according to web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Speaking Tuesday at a conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, Berners-Lee said the web should resist attempts to fragment it into different services. The British scientist said he advocates net neutrality, where everyone has the same level of access to the web and that all data is treated equally.
If US companies persist with trying to establish a two-tier Internet, the network would enter "a dark period," he cautioned. "What's very important from my point of view is that there is one web," he said. Read the full BBC report here.