Dotcom Has Light Bulb Moment
The debate about net neutrality has ignited some intense interest across both sides of the Atlantic, but the well-fed MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom – remember him? – has an idea for a new version of the Internet known as MegaNet.
As the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to start winding back net neutrality protections, Kim Dotcom has plans of his own, launching MegaNet, which he says will be “a new Internet” to replace existing infrastructure.
He said the current corporate Internet will be replaced by a better Internet, running on the idle capacity of hundreds of millions of mobile devices, run “by the people for the people”.
Dotcomm, a German-Finnish Internet entrepreneur and political activist, is sought by the US Justice Department on charges of criminal copyright infringement, money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud.
In August this year, he lost an appeal to regain US$67 million in assets seized during the investigation of MegaUpload. He’s still fighting extradition to the US from New Zealand.