United States' ongoing attempt to regulate the Internet is becoming more and more of a reality. This could well result in the end of the internet as we know of it today as announced by a credible news source.
The US government presently monitor and regulates the Internet through Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). This body a makes it possible for anyone in the world to open any website of their choice, without any restrictions. This system first came under NSA threat during the summers when Snowden informed the world of NSA's interference in the digital infrastructure of other countries. This was a big surprise.
In August this year, the NSA was also rumored to have agreements with leading telecom companies asking them to share the data that passes through fiber-optic cables all over the world. Soon after, claims were made that the NSA can touch up to 75% of the global internet traffic. Countries have already started putting in place retaliatory policies with China being the biggest example with its "Great Firewall". Iran has blocked all social networking websites and is in the process of developing an intranet that will replace the internet all together. Brazil and Germany on the other hand are teaming up and applying political pressure through the UN on the way data can and can't be intercepted by intelligence agencies. This happened after the recent news of the NSA listening to telephonic conversations between some of the worlds leaders like Angela Merkel who personally called Obama asking him if her phone was tapped.
These developments, though in the early stage, could give more control to the government instead of keeping it free and open to the users like it is supposed to be.