Everyone needs to get from point A to point B and roads are a key way that we accomplish that.
In a similar vein, everyone needs to search for information and search engines are a key way that we accomplish that.
With Google, it's almost like one company owns 90% of the roads. On multiple continents.
It is sort of like a utility company, except way beyond that.
I personally think that platforms with this scope should be built on public, open, decentralized protocols and networks. Something like YaCy might be the right direction.
Then maybe we could have companies built on top of that platform to add value. But the core functioning of the platform would be auditable.