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There are two sides to the republican / democrat examples.
The democrats and alot of the "non-profit" internet groups want every square inch of the world to have internet access regardless if they can afford to pay for it or not (the taxpayers will just be forced to pay for it). Other than the obvious downside where the market dictates that it's not cost-feasable to service some areas; ISPs are forced to than deal with are very insecure networks in far off lands that are quickly hijacked or bought and sold to criminals that use those nice taxpayer funded networks to spam, hack, and commit other cybercrime.
The only company im aware of in 2010 that is running rogue with privacy issues is google. The company is now buying freaking drones to fly around I mean this is laughable but unfortunately it's all true and googles a little too serious about it since their company relies on them knowing as much about you as possible. Did I mention they have a guy in the Obama administration?
The internet of 2010 is not the internet of yesterday. For example your internet providers job is to connect you to the internet. How they do this is up to them and this model has been changed drastically by ISPs who are already deeming how you should be reaching the internet. Their decisions have alot to do with your overall internet experience.
For example comcast has a large network they maintain that in manys opionin is garbage. They came in with a sledgehammer offering very cheap rates for carriers to purchase their bandwidth from (all the while nickle and diming customers for bandwidth usage) and now that there is a backlash over the quality of their network Comcast has started to be a little more selective as to who they link up. The goal is to only link up carriers that are somewhat desperate and won't have a customer base complaining about comcasts poor network.
The reason I bring this up is if you go back in to the dialup years your dialup provider probably had peering with Level3 (which who probably also owned the lines to begin with) and/or Verizon/UUnet. You would dial into a modem bank, and then you'd be on the net via a major internet backbone. On the other side of the country other dialup users were connecting to the internet via similar networks and everything although slow worked just fine.
Now that's not how the internet is working with that always-on internet connection.
Your now carried to major backbones only after you spend alot of time on ISP networks with whom only have 1 interest in mind and that is the cheapest route possible. This is the same market method some internet companies (non-isp-subscriber) use to keep costs down however as an ISP subscriber you are assuming you are being provided the best experience you can have and you simply aren't.
Until google is out of the white house, Verizon is bitch slapped into infinity for bringing up stupid lawsuits everytime it doesn't get it's way and than in the lawsuit offtime trying to control the internet issues like this will always be buzzing around and with the administration we have we might just all end up paying google a fee to be online.
Stranger things have happened.