Stealing The Internet
from the why-not-steal-it-back? dept
A painfully pessimistic opinion piece looks at a number of different moves lately by big business to set up artificial barriers online and concludes that big business is “stealing the internet”, by taking away its promise as a free and open platform for anyone to communicate however they want. While I agree that some of the moves by various companies are ridiculous, that doesn’t mean they’ll all succeed. I’m still optimistic enough to think that, perhaps with a bit of education, people can be mobilized to prevent having the internet turn into a metered broadcast medium. And, if it does happen, what’s to stop the rest of us from routing around them and creating the open network we know the world wants?