I've always had some fundamental debates with this sort of idea. One of the concepts has alway been to be able to step away from govornment monitoring (now with a name - Carnivore) and legistation. However, I've never understood why people can't see the reality of that particular problem...
If the govornment wants to monitor traffic, it's going to have an easy time doing it. You still have to get onto a backbone somewhere, and those points are bottlenecks where nice little black boxes can be put. Of course, that doesn't monitor stuff within the clusters of people using the network for P2P type stuff, but that's also easily remidied.
As for legistation, well, the larger the networks get, the more likely they are to fall under goverment suspicion, and legislation. It will happen if they get large enough.
The fact that companies with innovative new access products have decided to maximise profits rather than making their product widely availible.
You bet your ass they are going to maximize profits!!! In fact, if they didn't I'd be damned worried! Profit = Research, Jobs, Equiptment for impmentation, etc. I get real tired of hearing people talking about companies maximizing thier profits as a bad things - it's not. it's a friggin' social and economic responsibility of a company as an employer to make money, and make lots of it. Yes, some go overboard - but, you know what, considering what it's going to take to get some of the small towns out here in Kansas broadband access, it's a good thing that ISDN and DSL cost money - the infrastructure has to expand, and that requires money, and more people to install and maintain equitpment! </RANT>
On the positive side - really, this is what the Internet should be in many ways. I love the concept. I've been watching the development of things like this since L0pht was talking about doing it. It really feels right, and the time is getting close for technologies like this to really take off.
Davis Ray Sickmon, Jr
Owner / President
MidnightRyder.Com - game developer, among other things