Steve Stroh writes:
Bill St. Arnaud's doing it with fiber. I'm doing it with wireless. Whatever works that's NOT telco/cableco. The telco/cablecos are STUPIDITY and CAN be routed around.
For those that have access to irresistible bandwidth bargains like FIOS, I foresee a rise of a new class of service providers - VPN end points; all of your Internet traffic from your home to a "neutral point" on the Internet is encrypted inside a VPN, and once your traffic hits that "neutral point" it's taken out of the VPN and routed to its destination. VPN used to be computationally intensive and complex to configure. Not any more - it's being bundled into routers, and Hamachi made VPN into a download no tougher to use than Skype.
If the "crackdown" happens, use of VPNs will happen as a counter-action. From the service provider's perspective, it's an irresistible business - all that's needed is (now open source) software, bandwidth, and CPU cycles.
Hamachi seems to have it down. When they have the Mac client and offer the endpoint service, I'm signing up. Boingo's already there (when you use their client software at a Wi-Fi Hotspot). HotSpot VPN is another.
The need for VPN isn't yet widely recognized, and the services aren't very high profile - YET. All it's going to take is a mention from a Mossberg or Manes or Levy... and a tipping point will be reached in weeks.