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Dylan Pattyn *, who is currently writing an article for Time Magazine on the issue, has official confirmation from sources within Bell Canada and is interviewing a marketing representative from TELUS who confirms the story and states that TELUS has already started blocking all websites that aren't in the subscription package for mobile Internet access.
The first steps in a move to charge for every e mail sent have already been taken. Under the pretext of eliminating spam, Bill Gates and other industry chieftains have proposed Internet users buy credit stamps which denote how many e mails they will be able to send.
as for the net being turned into a taxed medium and controlled just like televison....
They thought it would be "bread and circuses" to the geeks. What they didn't realize was that the geeks found a way to make money giving it to the masses. Now they are faced with a medium over which they have very little control. (By this, I mean the content, not the physical/logical connections)
*Humankind has survived everything thus far, even 2 world wars, great depressions etc.
*Most of the significant changes in technology are very far away, and will only be available to a select few.
If and when the time comes, there will be a replacement being worked on by countless computer scientists such as myself. It will not only be for information, but for our very survival as a profession.
Then you're saying that whatever TPTB do is just going to be a minor set back for some time but we'll find a way to get around it to keep the WWW going as we need it? Keep us posted of ways we can work to get around what may be in the works for us.