Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the IT pioneer credited with creating the World Wide Web, has been appointed by the government to liaise with broadband providers on measures to safeguard net neutrality from corporate interests.
Communications minister Ed Vaizey made the announcement to ease concerns that all web content might not be treated equally in future with ISPs prioritising the content of some over others..
Berners Lee said: "While transparency about traffic management policy is a good thing, best practices should also include the neutrality of the net. The web has grown so fast precisely because we have had two independent markets, one for connectivity, and the other for content and applications."
The appointment comes following Burners-Lee’s concern that the web was evolving into a “walled garden”.