We were given free Internet initially for a reason
Eh.. first of all, internet was never FREE, you had to always pay for it. ISP is always a business.
Secondly, initially, the internet wasn't something that was 'given to us' from above, it was just 'developed' almost by happenstance, and it just
happened to grow organically, faster than anyone anticipated. Before internet and some time overlapping the internet, there were these magical little
things called 'BBS'es, so the internet was basically just technology built on top of that (well, not quite, but from some perspective, almost). In
essence, it was just technology doing its usual stuff - evolving.
Before the internet (and even during it), or even if the internet was never built and tested (no one foresaw how big and fast it would grow, by the
way, and what it would become - and even then, it took -decades- for it to become a power to be reckoned with, or anything useful for the masses),
there would still be 'online communities' that would communicate with each other utilizing modems and phone lines.
Third point I'd like to make is that the 'freedom' you probably actually refer to, is not so much a 'planned gift for the masses' as it was just a
'designed feature' to make the whole thing possible in the first place. It was necessary, it was a requirement, it was a solid philosophy on which the
whole Arpanet, and later, the internet, was built and expanded upon. It could never have reached its size so quickly had it been any other way.
There's also a fourth point worth considering regarding all this - in the early days, corporations weren't interested in the internet, no 'big power'
was - it was just some nerdy tech-sidelines in a world with rapidly growing all kinds of tech that not many people even paid attention to. This was a
BIG reason for it being 'allowed' (instead of being given to us from above as you claim) to 'live and grow' the way it did.
By the time TPTB got any notice of it, it was too late, it had already grown too big to be instantly controlled by any one authority, and took them by
surprise. I remember even big players like Kissinger cursing the internet for revealing them and their evil plans too soon.
Of course nowadays the window of opportunity that the sudden explosion of the internet's popularity opened up is rapidly closing, as TPTB has learned
more and more ways to control it and use it to advange their oppressive agenda, and to make people slaves of it instad of letting it be the
freedom-bringing tool it was for a long time.
Please research before writing this kind of things next time, so I don't have to be writing these correcting posts, it's embarrassing for all parties.