As of May 22, 2012, 69% said “It’s price gouging”; 14% said “It’s a free market, event if I don’t like it” and 14% said “Depends on the price.”
This sounds like the best way to shut down free market and small business and lower-than-middle income consumers. The Internet is my livelihood and my entertainment. I can’t live without it and I can’t live with higher prices.
I can understand higher prices for more bandwidth limits, but a per byte charge will change my life for the worse.
I hope internet companies lobby/fight this. Like Neal Bloome says, would you pay $200 per YouTube video? How about $50 to play Mafia Wars for 1 day on Facebook? No? Well Mr. Genachowski doesn’t care, but I hope Mr. Zuckerberg cares or Mr. Kamangar cares.
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Please stop S. 968 and the PROTECT IP Act!
I am writing to you as a voter in your district. I urge you to oppose the House version of S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act. The PROTECT IP Act is dangerous, ineffective, and short-sighted. The House version — introduced by Rep. Goodlatte — is far worse. Over the coming days you’ll be hearing from the many businesses, advocacy organizations, and ordinary Americans who oppose this legislation because of the myriad ways in which it will stifle free speech and innovation. We hope you’ll take our concerns to heart and oppose this legislation.
Back in 1989, Tim Berners-Lee along with Robert Cailliau and some folks at CERN invented the World Wide Web. By 1991 they were sharing hypertext documents. By 1992 Stanford had a “web server.” In 1993 NCSA released Mosaic, a basic, but more sophisticated, browser for personal computers.
The first web page address was http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html, which centred on information regarding the WWW project. Source: Welcome to info.cern.ch.
I’ve spent almost 15 years looking at WWW and HTML. By 1995 it was easy for anyone to download web server software and have it running a website. I would say things were a lot simpler back then, but in fact “times” are the same. Times and hypertext documents were much less sophisticated back in 1995. The technology grew to match the demand.
Even today I think it’s important to recognize the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web. The Web is just one services using the Internet to transmit data. The Internet was around well before the Web.
The Web is not identical to the Internet; it is only one of the many Internet-based communication services. The relation between them may be understood by using the analogy with the global road system. On the Internet, as in the road system, three elements are essential: the physical connections (roads and cables), the common behaviour (circulation rules and Internet protocol) and the services (mail delivery and the WWW). Source: CERN – How the web works.
The Internet was “invented” or started in 1958 with the ARPA project. In 1983, it went global with the TCP/IP standard.
“This year marks the 40th anniversary of the technologies that led to the creation of the Internet and revolutionized the way we work, talk and play.”
This is certainly true, and for once my timing was spot on. I wasn’t born when the Internet (capital “I”) was created. Now, I work in an industry that is a product of the Internet – the World Wide Web – which also did not exist until I was about to enter the work force.
What does it all mean? It means – judging by the size and speed at which the Internet is growing – that there should be work for me for a long time; total, global economic collapse not with standing.
With Internet and the WWW we certainly can find more information (or disinformation) today than 40 years ago. Children are smarter for it. Adults profit from it. And, a large portion of human interaction – like this blog – is a result of it.