In the US thereâ€™s a fierce discussion regarding the end of network neutrality. Basically it comes down to it that ISPâ€™s offer a basic Internet access pack but will charge you extra if you want to use popular or bandwidth intensive sites like Youtube. Even though the discussion seems to limit itself at the moment to the US, you can be sure that ISPâ€™s in other countries are following these developments with particular interest.
In an ideal market I wouldnâ€™t worry about this phenomenon, if everybody opposes this system there will be new ISPâ€™s that just offer the same open access weâ€™re used to and the greedy ISPâ€™s will be punished.
Unfortunately weâ€™re not living in an ideal world and ISPâ€™s are often owned by huge corporations that basically control the market.
The whole idea of Internet in the first place was an open network where everyone can access the same information withoutÂ any kindÂ of discrimination. People that travel the world already know that the Internet isnâ€™t that open and free as before and itâ€™s time to put a stop to censorship and avoid monetizing by ISPâ€™s by charging extra for popular sites. So to say the least it will be interesting to see how this will develop and our wish for 2011 is an open Internet without censorship.
For an Ipin & Upin explanation visit “A guide to an open Internet“.