The New York Times ran an editorial Sunday regarding net neutrality. It does a good job of explaining the concept of a Web hierarchy and why that hierarchy would be harmful to both the development of the Web and to innovation and business in general. Here’s a quote from the piece:
This democratic Web did not just happen. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist who invented the Web in 1989, envisioned a platform on which everyone in the world could communicate on an equal basis. But his vision is being threatened by telecommunications and cable companies, and other Internet service providers, that want to impose a new system of fees that could create a hierarchy of Web sites. Major corporate sites would be able to pay the new fees, while little-guy sites could be shut out.
(Go there soon as it will likely be behind the paywall in a week or so.)
You might want to look at further discussion about the editorial here: