posted on Sep, 2 2010 @ 03:38 PM
A large part of the problem is due to the big players wanting to turn the internet into the equivalent of a paid cable service.
Here in the UK Virgin Medias boss caused a storm when he stated internet services should be regulated and provided as a subscription service i.e. if
you subscribe to a package that entitles you to the extra digital content and super fast speeds.
All sounds good but then you realise this would in effect push the 'free' internet underground or even turn the 'free' idea into a relic (like the
analog terrestrial service that is all but a distant memory now).
Sure this all sounds good and for those that can afford it, it would be great but it would simply turn the net as a whole into a mainstream media
controlled cesspool not different to the UK Sky Satellite service - a service designed in such a way that you have to pay for preset packages, not
really having the choice of what you specifically want to see but still pay a large subscription fee.
It's about profit end of the day, the only reason the net has not evolved in line with newer technology (super fast bandwidths, high definition
digital streaming services, high def online gaming etc) is because the conglomerates that have a stake hold in the technology do not want to offer it
The motivating factor is the obvious slow death of the TV and Radio services - why watch TV when you have access to terabytes of information ranging
from freely available pages, to forums such as ATS to the likes of youtube and various other streaming services that are cropping up.
Its commercialism, that's the real conspiracy behind everything really, what can be controlled and through control make a profit..
My prediction is the net will fracture in two, returning to a state not to dissimilar to how it was in the 80's/90's where you had large network of
underground hubs and services, hidden from the public limelight.
At the other end of this you will see super high definition digital content being pumped into public and private nodes, for those that can afford it
(in effect creating a class system where only the best is available for the super elite, the majority get the HD services while the average Joey has
to make do with a substandard (and diminishing) service that will always be challenged (sites being shutdown, people being persecuted and forums such
as ATS becoming terrorist entities maybe?).