You might have read recently about the internet running out of IP addresses. I don't mean to belittle the underlying problems posed by the exhaustion of the somewhat less than 4.3 billion IP addresses currently available, but there is another problem looming that will probably have much greater impact on most of us.
So many of the internet services we increasingly know, love, and have come to rely upon, assume and are only viable in a scenario where there is effectively unlimited free internet bandwidth available to both the service provider and the service consumer.
What would happen if our current 'all you can use' internet access accounts were replaced with usage based charges, so that our monthly cost varies upwards depending on how much data we upload and download each month?
Alas, this is a question whose time has come, with a nasty answer being rudely thrust upon many internet users in Canada right now.
For more about this issue, please read our new article, Warning – The End of the Internet As We Know (and Love) It.