The joy of the Internet when it crept slowly onto the global landscape in the 1990s was the anticipation of watching and listening to foreign content without limitations and barriers.
But those freedoms are fading with roadblocks.
Headphones on, we were able to do our work while listening to Blue Jays baseball loud and clear instead of the radio. MLB has deep-sixed that convenient experience.
This season, we found a Halifax station online that was streaming Jays games but not recently, so MBL probably ejected them from the game.
CBS Radio recently axed availability of all of its online content beyond U.S. borders, depriving late-nighters around the world access to the popular Boston talk show host Steve Leveille.
Canadians can't access Hula for its impressive television and movie content.
Governments are dabbling in geo-blocking, limiting access to external influences.
In October 2006, George W. approved a bill outlawing the use of banking services by millions of online poker players in the United States. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 bars online gambling businesses from accepting credit cards and electronic transfers.
The Act does not apply to state lotteries, horse racing or fantasy sports. Go figure.
Governments and big business being what they are, it was inevitable that the Internet was destined to become too commercial and controlled for self-interests.
It is becoming the not so World Wide Web - for a price and if you have the right citizenship papers.