Softly softly, catchee monkey.
"The root has not been split. There are some "alternate root" advocates, but so far they are small in number and in effect." Hmmm Nice Semantics there, Vint, with the implication being that it is inevitable ..... A Choice of Roots, which will happen sooner than one may think when "alternate root" advocates offer their wares to Big Picture Control Players ...... with the incumbent root footing the bill..... for that would allow for a failsafe attempt/approach by more than adequately equipped sovereign wealth fund Leaders/Masters of the Universe.
Even as we speak they are being courted and encouraged to Boldly Go into QuITe Alien territory, which you might like to consider may be this comment. Such players as are needed abound in may international spaces, talking the right talk and writing the right language .... http://www.akmos.com/main/forex/traider.html ....and with present Market conditions requiring Innovation for Meaningful Investment, there is every reason to suppose that it will be sooner rather than later. After all, all that IT requires is an attractive form of Words Promising the Moon and the Stars, just for the Interest.
"What kind of internet do you foresee 10, 15 or even 20 years from now..." One which delivers all Womens and Children's needs with Media Leading Governance rather than following Governments will be Good enough for aman on AIMission.
Put your shirt on that and make a Fortune to Spend.
I trust that is plain enough for all to Understand even should one choose not to Believe in IT.
And I would personally bet on nearer 10 than 20, given the exponential nature of InterNetworking and Learning Virtually, Venerable Virtues.
The Greatness in Men is measured by their Disarming Humility .... "By the way, I am only one of the fathers of the internet – there are many who have contributed to its conception and realization to say nothing of its amazing evolution in the past three decades."