Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, explains how, if network neutrality had not been the norm in the early 1990s, the web would never have happened. I can’t think of a more powerful example of why network neutrality is so crucial. Once again, it’s about the economics of platforms: to allow Internet-based innovation to flourish, the Internet platform must not discriminate. What’s good for the individual telcos is not good for the economy as a whole.
Let’s not kill the next Web, eh?
UPDATE: Here’s another very good practical example of what a non-neutral network would do: T-mobile is offering network access card, but you’re not allowed to use Skype over their network. That’s what happens when platform providers try to favor certain uses vs. others. The Internet suffers, and consumers suffer.