Yes, they are two very unique concepts, but I thought it was appropriate to keep them together since they are co-dependent.
Also, in my mind - the service would not be free - just open to anyone to manage and take part. For example, there is a company called Copowi (http://copowi.com/
) who believe in net neutrality and they are piggy backing on existing dsl infrastructure. Yes, it does cost more than just getting dsl through that respective company, but there are benefits. And sometimes, if the situation is right, people will pay more for a product of greater quality.
So, this system would be an ISP that anyone can manage, and you would pay to use it - but the reason it would work, is because you are paying for the service and it is your internet provider, so you want to see it work. And I think there are enough system admins (or wannabe system admins) out there to manage it. Oh, and I wanted to say that wikipedia seems like a good example to me of this type of system. True, you get some jerks who screw things up, but by and large, wikipedia is a good source of legit and correct information - and it's very up to date. Perhaps a 100% decentralized system is not feasible, but the idea is there I think. :-)
Anyway... not to important. I just wanted to get the idea out there for people to think about. I'm an idea person. :-)
Thanks for your comments!