‘The Father of the Internet” and Google Internet Evangelist has been an outspoken proponent of Net Neutrality in the past.
Update: Cerf has expanded his opinion in an interview here.
Vint Cerf is often called the “Father of the Internet” because of his groudbreaking work on the TCP/IP protocol and his founding and becoming the chairman of ICANN. Cerf now works at Google as a VP and Chief Internet Evangelist.
In 2005, Google posted a newly-hired Cerf’s opposition to the anti-Net Neutrality legislation that was being debated in Congress. (he couldn’t testify because he was busy being honored by the President for his role in creating the Internet). He said:
From this, it seems he’s willing to delineate the “wireless Internet” as something wholly different and more competitive than traditional broadband.
That’s something that is hard to get my head around. I’m not so sure the wireless marketplace is much more competitive than the wired version. I count four wireless providers: AT&T (T), Verizon, Sprint (S) and T-Mobile. Verizon, AT&T, Optimum, Time Warner (TWC), Comcast (CMCSA) and others offer broadband wireless.
In fact, data today shows that the US wireless market is heading towards a duopoly.