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The future of the open internet [message #2017] Fri, 17 March 2017 19:14
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"History is repeating itself.

So far, the story of the internet has followed the same tragic narrative that's befallen other information technologies over the past 160 years:

- the telegram
- the telephone
- cinema
- radio
- television

Each of these had roughly the same story arc:

1. Inventors discovered the technology.
2. Hobbyists pioneered the applications of that technology, and popularized it.
3. Corporations took notice. They commercialized the technology, refined it, and scaled it.
4. Once the corporations were powerful enough, they tricked the government into helping them lock the technology down. They installed themselves as "natural monopolies."
5. After a long period of stagnation, a new technology emerged to disrupt the old one. Sometimes this would dislodging the old monopoly. But sometimes it would only further solidify them.

This loop has repeated itself so many times that Tim Wu -- the Harvard law professor who coined the term "Net Neutrality" -- has a name for it: The Cycle."

Read more here: -the-open-internet-dd31a29a3f08#.kc0f8ardu

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