According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, (sub req.) the country of Iran is planning on creating its own state run Internet service within the next 2 years.
Iran’s telecommunications chief claims that, in two years time, all Iranians will be forced to use a internal, state-controlled (censored) Internet, which would effectively cut off its citizens from the Internet.
He said about 60% of homes and business will be on the new Internet even sooner.
Approximately 11% of Iranians, or approximately 8.5 million people have internet access.
Once the plan is fully implemented all Iranians will be forced to use an non-Microsoft computer operating system developed by Iranian government and a national search engine called “Ya Hagh” (Oh, Justice).
The motive for the move seems to be the government wants to censor the material its citizens can access and view.
However once one country makes the move how long with it be until the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and so on?
So is the the beginning of the end of the World Wide Web (www.) and the start of a segmented web where many countries operate their own Internet?