?End of Internet as we know it
hamel at ccu.umanitoba.ca
Thu Jun 3 12:45:47 EST 1993
>> Don Gilbert:
>>Universities have in a real sense paid for their use of Internet
>>by devoting time of their skilled people, by developing software,
>>protocols and the stuff which form the useful basis of the Internet.
> Una Smith:
>Yup. A lot of people, including myself, see it this way. We helped
>build the Internet for the public good, and now someone else is trying
>to sell it to the world, obviously expecting an enormous profit, and
>the message I'm hearing is that we're just consumers.
>Besides, universities have already paid, and continue to pay, very
>real costs, and not just in terms of manpower in R&D, but also in
>the construction of the basic infrastructure. Now we're supposed
>going to be. But the decisions are being made right *now*, so now
>is the time to act.
>It is not true that you get what you pay for. Rather, you pay for
>what you get, so you had better make sure that you get what you want.
Too bad "they" (powers that be) don't make use of this *wonderful* medium :-(
For if they did, and *partook* in these open discussions then at least
the "voices of the many" would be "heard by those few" ... sorry to sound
rather "Vulcan" (idealisms of Spock?) ... but I feel it to be true.
These electronic bulletin boards are so new (I just started and have so
much to learn/discover) and not as pervasive as, say television and radio,
yet has potential to become MORE useful/"powerful" than printed news ...
wonder what scene would be like if electronic communications were to have
been first followed by newspapers? Would the loggers, pulp/paper
industrialists, printers, environmentalists, etc be vying same way that todays
Lets hope that there are enough "powers that be" reading ANY of these
forums ... that would be a hot newsgroup! Anyone aware of ANY legislators
that use the net? :-)
Andre Hamel email: hamel at ccu.umanitoba.ca
Manitoba Veterinary Services lab tel.: (204) 945-7630
Infectious & Genetic Disease FAX: (204) 945-8062
Mol.Biol.Lab., Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA
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