Human Rights vs Nice to Haves
Infrastructure of any kind can be changed at any time once it has become solely regulated by a Government, unless you live in an overly successful democracy. This fight right now is a proposal, however, and not a fight for our "freedom" or "right" to the Internet. Just as Americans had to fight "to be free" when we came here to North America, we will have to fight "to have a free Internet". Dmitri Alperovitch is right in that we can't assume we're going to have the same Internet in the near future that we've grown accostomed to. Some countries - UN members and otherwise - are using Edward Snowden as an indicator it is time to take control of the Internet, even create their own Internet that silos off other countries, particularly the United States, and they have every right to do that, just as we do. Because, unfortunately, the Internet being freely available isn't directly a human rights issue. Freedom of speech and accessibility to forums that allow us to be heard globally are human rights issues, I believe, but how we get that done is another story. So, we need to be realistic here. If we truly want open, inclusive and participatory Internet governance, we need to strengthen our bargaining powers and negotiation skills, and be ready to fight.