Rogers and Usenet
rbrockway-wgAaPJgzrDxH4x6Dk/4f9A at public.gmane.org
Sat Nov 19 20:27:25 UTC 2005
On Sat, 19 Nov 2005, Walter Dnes wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 17, 2005 at 07:18:40PM -0500, Robert Brockway wrote
>> But the Net has a free structure and has no real central control.
>> As long as it stays that way we're fine. All the large ISPs could
>> drop Usenet and it would still be a very busy medium.
>> If the Net as we know it didn't serve our purposes then new services
>> would arise to provide what we want. It's even possible an entirely
>> new network could arise if enough people were disatisfied with the
>> existing offerings.
> Remember Fidonet and other "echos"? Actually, I think they may still
> be around.
Exactly. I had Fidonet (and others) in mind when I typed that. Old
networks don't die thye just fade away :)
It's worth noting that one group of users have already formed an
alternative network because of some level of disatisfaction with the
existing Internet (specificially the commercialism I believe):
Q. How is Abilene related to the commercial Internet?
A. Abilene does not peer with or connect to the commercial Internet. It
is a separate, private network for research and education. Abilene
participants must maintain separate connections to the commercial
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