Re: Other Countries Want To Control The Internet
I think you are right in the fact that relinquishing control would eventually destroy the internet as it is, but, when I think about it, I would have to say it would be a good thing. Consider this: The current internet infrastructure is very old and outdated. It's slowing down and buckling at the seems. It wasn't designed for what it's being used for.
Now, I'm sure everyone is aware how long it takes to change massive infrastructures like the internet. (This is especially true with the United States. We like things the way they are and don't like to spend lots of money improving something that still works.) If the internet were to break up, it obviously wouldn't work. There would be a long period - probably about a decade - in which the internet would cease to be, but it would certainly motivate the United States to implement Internet 2 (which is currently operational to some extent as it is used for research purposes) on a global level.
So not only would the old internet be done away with, but a newer, faster, better infrastructure would be in place, and the United States would still control it since people would keep in mind what happened to the original internet when we gave it away.
Just a thought. It probably wouldn't work out as merrily as I described it. I'm sure there would be quite a bit of turmoil and havoc during that decade or so.
Also, as a side note, this is why companies are currently basing their hydrogen-powered car research and development in China. China's automotive infrastructure is poorly designed and implemented. We're used to nice paved roads everywhere we go and gas stations every mile or so. China has nowhere near that kind of reliability in the automotive industry. Therefore, it is very easy for a newer infrastructure (like a hydrogen-powered one) to develop. It would take many years and billions of dollars to convert to hydrogen in the United States just because we already have a working infrastructure (gasoline) in place, and as the saying here goes, 'Why fix what ain't broke?'.