"The internet need not be one Net controlled by one centre," he said.
"Regionalisation has already started and I suspect in a few years, the
simile of the internet will be a quite different one."
Is what the ITU secretary-general Yoshio Utsumi said as the IGF summit ended.
And this is what the register said about it.
The statement is a depressing pointer to the fact that the four-year
debate on net governance, which ended in agreement on Tuesday with only
hours to go, may have achieved very little. Utsumi effectively said
that the international consensus reached was the wrong one.
In the early days of the net, the ITU saw the network as an extension
of the international telephone network that it oversees. It foresaw –
and heavily pushed – the image of a network where governments and
telephone companies controlled the means of access, something that
would have resulted in enormous connection charges and greatly reduced
individual freedom on the Net.
What with Net Neutrality and this regionalisation proposed by the ITU it appears the net is under some serious scrutiny right now.
My view is that for the economic benefit of those nations that use the internet it must be kept free of the constraints that certain people want to impose on it. Those people are the ones loosing money to businesses that have grown via the innovation that the net promotes.
Intelligence at the edge must prevail to encourage innovation and growth. Those people just need to look at the glass as half full not half empty all the time.
But behind all this. I bet the mesh network guys are licking their lips at the prospect of creating a backbone free (read Telco free) network.