Am I the only one here who thinks that there should be some sort of free hosting or something that people who actually buy the game should get? I can't make my own server due to a bunch of things, but if I am paying money already just for a "full version" shouldn't I be able to be given a free server that constantly stays open or one that I can pay a few bucks for to have opened?
All I want is a private server for me and my friends.
I'm in the process of - albeit slowly - building a platform for hosting, so users register and then they get their server hosted for free. However you seem to be overlooking a major point: It costs to run servers like this, I can currently fit around 20 minecraft servers on a dedicated server that costs me $100/m, that means if notch were to allow this he'd be shelling out $5 per user, drastically decreasing the profits he makes and the money he has to spend on living. If you really want a server come into IRC and I'll set you one up for free.
There are many many many servers already available for you to play on, is there any problem with playing on other servers?
Edit; In fact I may eventually need to charge for the service to maintain financial plausibility, I have no interest in profit but when it costs so much to run them it may be impossible to run for free.