“It’s almost like we woke up and suddenly the Internet was owned and operated by private capital under a kind of regime, a new economic logic that really was not well understood.”

@x0rz As Neal wrote in 1996, "Douglas Barnes, an hacker and cypherpunk, looked into this [...], when, inspired by Bruce Sterling's Islands in the Net, he was doing background research on a project to set up a data haven in the Caribbean." I found out that the idea of [...] a highly distributed, redundant global communications system is a myth,'' he discovered. "Virtually all comm. between countries take place through a very small number of bottlenecks, and the available bandwidth simply isn't that great.''

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