I'm finding this highly principled conversation fascinating to read - I'm
genuinely learning a lot about the different arguments (both philosophical
and practical) used to support or critique Wikipedia Zero. What a diverse
and highly informed group of people this list contains! :-)

From my Australian perspective, it's interesting because we've never had
'net neutrality' in the way that it is described in the US and, with
appropriate competition and regulation this is not been a problem. e.g.:

"Net neutrality is an honourable aspiration, but the Australian internet
> service provider market has thrived and innovated without it.
> Discriminatory pricing in the form of unmetered content is more a consumer
> bonus than an imposition of someone else’s choice.
> http://theconversation.com/australias-net-neutrality-lesson-for-the-us-22245

While I genuinely support the idealism of the net-neutrality debate, and it
makes sense in certain jurisdictional contexts (notably the USA), I am
won-over by the arguments that have been made here about how WikipediaZero
is non-rivalrous. As Marc P. put it earlier:

> So it's clearly neutral in the "equally available" sense of the term.
> And it remains neutral in the "competition" sense of the term since they
> are welcome to zero-rate any other service they wish alongside ours.
> And, finally, it's also neutral from a conflict-of-interest point of
> view.

When looking at the practical reality of a high-school in a poorer district
of South Africa specifically asking for greater access to WP from their
local telecom company[1], it's hard to remain stuck on purely-principled
debates. That is a *real world* group of of people that is *specifically*
asked for easer access to Wikipedia - *of course *we should support that.

This is *not *to discount the importance of principles - and a lot of good
ones have been mentioned here - but I'm not going to argue against a
school-group in a poorer country wanting "free-access to the sum of human
knowledge" on their mobile phones because of a political fight in richer
countries about heavy-data usage on high-speed broadband.


[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j-ktiYTTds
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