Initially, the "founding idea" of the Internet was the free flow of information. The reality today looks different. On the one hand, there is content of quality journalism, which is available behind payment barriers (for good reasons). On the other hand, dozens of governments set filters (China, Iran, Iraq, ...).
Even the complete shutdown of the Internet is no longer a rarity. In 2009, China temporarily shut down the Internet completely (during social unrest in the western province of Xinjiang). And recently, from January to July 2019, there have been at least 130 shutdowns of the Internet in about 30 countries, for example in Kashmir / India (compare "Tech Trends Report 2020" of the Future Today Institute).