Re: The internet will be privatised
It's interesting to view "online" through the "frontier" metaphor. In the early days everything was up for grabs. As settlers moved in en mass, things became more ordered and more law got applied. And now it's getting positively crowded, and the restive folks are looking for where else to move on to.
And as with the "frontier", people who control the ultimate limiting resource will cash in. Trouble is - no-one seems entirely sure what that resource is. Is it advertising market share? IP blocks? Domain names? DNS tables? The HTML spec? You can make some kind of a case for any of these, but so far most attempts to milk rent out of each of these resources have backfired. On the Virtual Frontier, I don't think we have yet decided quite what "land" looks like.