Net Neutrality will Strengthen Corporate Social Responsibility

Net Neutrality will Strengthen Corporate Social Responsibility

by Vikas Vij
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Monday, March 2, 2015 - 4:00pm



According to a 2012 Internet Society survey, 83 percent of people consider Internet access a basic human right. The Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C.) has now approved the net neutrality rules, which classify broadband Internet service as a utility. The objective behind this landmark move is to preserve the Internet’s role as a “core of free expression and democratic principles,” according to the commission chairman, Tom Wheeler.

Apart from its goal of bringing high-speed Internet to every American home at a fair cost, the net neutrality movement may have served an important incidental purpose. It mobilized Internet customers and users to drive corporate social responsibility as an up-ended decision rather than a traditional top-down decision by company executives.

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Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.