One of my many "spiders" has reported a rumor that, in the not to distant future, a coalition of ISP's, will no longer provide free access to all web sites but will offer to they're subscribers a multilevel pay plan modeled not unlike that which Cable TV offers they're customers. A basic plan say with a few sites, for a mere $29.95/mo, for those that wish to be able to access say the more popular sites, these will be offered say at $49.95/mo. and for those that want it all , an unlimited access to all of the web for a mere $99.95/mo. The rumor has it these plans may go into effect as early as 2010.
One doesn't have to ponder what effect this will have on the WWW, as its obvious that those sites that fail to attract traffic, will quickly fade away, leaving us with just the bigger sites, and just like the cable company offerings----if ya want the good stuff, you'll have to pay for it---otherwise it will be just like today for those TV watchers who can't afford even the basic cable plans-----commercial city, with brief interruptions of so called reality programs.
So what can we do about this people----write our congress representatives, who DOES control the web anyway?-------