There's a bright side to the clumsy American monopoly over its comparatively crappy and expensive internet infrastructure. Will enough barriers to access lead to people expecting and valuing face-to-face relationships? No, nix that...they'll continue subjecting themselves to bar and nightclub tariffs.
Down another avenue, though, this could actually create a positive. If pricing eventually deprives the superslums of their internet cultural context, it would be like charging too much for bread and circuses. The state of disconnect could create a culture divide that even the proles could understand, and make the tax-farm/mega-prison evident.
That's why the NFL always made me feel warm and fuzzy inside--if it takes that much time to dissect football statistics over beer, overlords are forced to mandate at least a certain "NFL attention minimum" of generalized leisure time among the laboring population. And that leaves wiggle room.
Of course, they're much too smart to create the superslum revolt. Net favoritism won't result in no internet; it'll just result in basic site access. There'll be some free (and reliable!) news, free (and reliable!) anti-military websites run by grassroots foundations, free (and reliable!) anarchic discontent discussion boards, and free (and reliable!) cooking sites. The internet won't die, and bread and circuses will continue. Instead, the internet will become an intranet--the U.S. Government intranet--where all the websites are like suburban mini-malls. Same stores, same ads, same cultural programming, completely free to walk around, occasional concerts by local bands, and no leafleting permitted.