Can you imagine what the internet would look like it had come out of R&D at a place like AT&T or BT? One of the greatest things about the internet is that it's public domain. Yet, the internet sits on the infrastructures of relatively few commercial entities. With this comes the difficult issue of regulation.
Sonia Arrison has a good article on the topic and why she thinks the net neutrality issue should be tackled with an independent, self-regulating approach, rather than inviting the government to step in. It's worth thinking about.