The internet is far from dead in my opinion. I have heard about internet 2 which will make things very very fast in terms of bandwidth but i haven't heard about it being "government controlled" and if that was the case, why would anyone want to switch? The internet is the last stand for freedom of speech, the only place anyone can say just about anything. There are problems, spyware, spam but overall the internet is still an active informative place. The activity on this site alone is proof of that.