"So how do we bring it back? How do we, sitting on the brink, help the internet continue growing as a place where anyone, no matter whether they are a large corporation or an individual, has equal chance to develop and build the next big thing on the internet?
Well, the way I look at it is that we fight back with the tools we have and the best tool we have is the Internet itself... and our wallets.
You want our money? Well, you will have to be open for it. You want to advertise to me? Great? Make your whole site a part of the internet and I will stop my adblocker from blocking your ads. I will even click on the ads if they point to open internet site but will block the ones going inside silos. You want to offer me a subscription to something? That's fine but you can't be indexed by search engines.
You want me to install an app? OK only if the functionality of the same app is available on the open Internet? And if it is a limitation of Internet technology, then make it clear to me and show me who I can complain to so it stops being a limitation.
You want me to share a link to your app or site? OK, but how can I share links from other sites or apps INTO your app? How do I make the traffic flow both ways (and can search engines or people not registered see at least some of the content I share?)
You're a device maker? Jump in. But you must work with other device makers on ensuring that there is a standardized way for the web to access some of the new hardware you're introducing.
You're a telco and have a hard time covering the cost of bandwidth? Maybe we can help. Share ALL the data (anonymized, of course) about the traffic patterns of your users and some network geeks will be happy to work with you on finding ways to optimize things.
You run a search engine? Great. If you find out that some pages are siloed, just refuse to index the whole site. Work with your competitors to ensure that a blacklist is created, similar to the spammers' blacklist. If a company doesn't want to play on the internet, it doesn't have to but it shouldn't reap the benefit of being near the internet.
You want to write a law relating to some nefarious behavior on the Internet? OK but you must put it up on a public internet site and publicize it the minute the concept is discussed. Maybe you can have it as a Wiki so public participation can ensure the best dialogue.
You run a site on the open Internet? Well, first of all thanks. But remember that the tools we have is the Internet: Just don't link to the public-facing pages of siloed sites. In fact, it might be best not to mention them but if you have to, make it hard to find them.
You're just a user? Awesome. Just start demanding the internet remain open. You came out (or at least thought of doing so) when SOPA threatened the Internet. When your Telco decides to close things up, walk away from it and to a provider that promises to remain open. When politicians try to abuse the Internet, call them on it. And when a provider tries to lock you up, walk away. You can do it again and again. The fight is going to be a long one but it's well worth it.
Don't do it for me. Don't even do it just for freedom. Don't do it because the previous generation of Internet users fought hard to make this work."