Nothing wrong with that, as long as commercial interests don't end up being the prime movers. The internet is a global resource, and one which has - in a relatively short time - transformed the way that a large part of our planet works. Modern societies could no longer function as efficiently without the internet, and that must be the overriding consideration when anyone starts messing under the bonnet. Nobody 'owns' the internet, but we all do - it's unique in that respect. Let us not forget that.
Yet another example of American business believing that they own the world and everything in and on it.
They would do well to remember that the Internet was the brainchild of an Englishman, Tim Berners Lee.
Without trying to get too political, far from the USA being pivotal in modern society, the more they alienate the peoples outside of its own shores - exemplified almost daily - the less influence they will have.
let's have no anti-american (or anti any other country) comments. It's a natural thing to want to believe that we invented everything, but of course that's far from being true. I think it's best that we don't concern ourselves with who 'invented' the internet (it certainly wasn't any one person) but with its future - that's what this thread is about.
Note my use of "brainchild". This was carefully chosen to avoid the notion that Berners Lee "invented" the Internet. It was, as you infer, a collaboration of numerous bodies that brought the system into what we know today.
Remember in the fifties going to the local library to research something from a book which was probably ten years out of date. How times change. Access to the internet provides a living library where you can get up to date information. And do online actions from the comfort of wherever to communicate, bank, shop, etc. The trick is sorting the wheat from the chaff.
The Open Source movement and people power seems here to stay in some form to balance big business. As for the physical side of the internet there must be someone who can pull the plug but, in a free world, for what reason I can’t think.