I've been meaning to write something on this for a while and now a short article just spurred me on. Turns out someone has put the entire "French Internet" up for sale on eBay as a joke. It has to do with a government proposal to regulate and legislate Internet access.
There are plenty of sides to the story and as many opinions as people you talk to, I'm sure. I'm not going to say what I think is right or wrong about the whole thing but I want to throw out a little prediction.
I think we're likely to see various attempts at "channelizing" the Internet. What I mean by channelization is taking the current content free-for-all that basically gives all of us full, unrestricted access to any website with a public IP address, and slicing and dicing it into categories with independent access controls. They already have this in China, of course. Yahoo and Google were only too happy to help. But watch for it in a legislative assembly near you.