Standardization is good. Standardization is a great tool to speed up development of new technologies and speeding up improvement of current technologies. So standardization should be stimulated and therefore standards should be available and accessible easily by engineers, students and others.
If standards are so important for technological progress, why on earth do I have to pay so much money for them? Take for example the ANSI C standard, ISO/IEC 9899, it's a must have for every C programmer and quite expensive. And in development, it's not the only standard required.