Hi, Annette, and welcome back from your long silence.
I think it's a bad deal, but one we'll probably see more and more of. Governments are looking at the freedom of the internet, and they don't like it. They see it as being ripe for regulation. The UN wants that control, as do local governments.
We had a discussion on the internet gambling issue recently, and some of see it as the 'foot in the door' that the US government will use to impose regulation (and taxes) on internet commerce. Broadcast licensing will be a similar ploy. Right now, sports broadcasting enjoys a monopoloy on many sports programmes, usually through pay-per-view broadcasts. Internet radio and streaming video threaten that monopoly, and they aren't happy about it.
I look for major changes in the years to come.
Quod scripsi, scripsi.