Rogers and Usenet

Robert Brockway rbrockway-wgAaPJgzrDxH4x6Dk/4f9A at
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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