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Who owns the Internet?

By onlineph ·
Me and my friends has a smal grouod discussion on some technologies that has help the planet.

Our small group discussion stopped when I posted a question "Who owns the internet anyway?"

Well, it really puzzled me. There are many ISPs but are they subscribed to a bigger ISP? and if they are to whome does the BIG ISP subscribes?

Please bear with my out of the blue questions.

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Nobody.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Who owns the Internet?

However, some own the hardware over which the Internet is made available.

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Nobody

by santeewelding In reply to Who owns the Internet?

Begrudges you your question. It parallels a much larger one.

Stick around.

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Me

by w2ktechman In reply to Who owns the Internet?

and Boxy, and Santee, and..........

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Yeah, yeah, yeah

by rob mekel In reply to Me

and all others on TR ...

While in fact it's ... mmm ... what was it where the internet came from ... Arpanet ...
then in the early 80's from US over to UvA ... good ol'times :)

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Why do people appear mystified by this?

by Dr Dij In reply to Who owns the Internet?

Who owns the "telephonenet"?

nobody. it is a mix of companies and govt telcom companies that cooperate according to standards.

Who owns the "electricnet"?
Nobody. it is a mix of electric companies, with some long distance ties to share power.

Who owns the "cableTVnet"?
nobody. again a mix of companies by country, with satellites and data links to share programming from the sources.

Who owns the "SatelliteTVnet"?
nobody. Ok, dish TV and the other company.

Who owns the "roadnet"?
typically govts of the area the roads are in, along with a few private toll roads.

This question is actually hilarious: an otherwise very intelligent entrepreneur who owned the bulk of the company I was working at, turned to me and said in the wide-eyed amazement of a 5 year old asking 'Why?' or the techno-dazzle hype of an iPhone ad: "[Dr Dij], who owns the Internet?"

It was all I could do to not roll off my chair laughing.

"Mommy, who owns the internet?"
"Is Santa-Claws real? - I can find a website that tracks his progress"
"Why does Google-Ocean show lines that look like Atlantis" [hint- they are artifacts of sonar torpedoes that are dragged around in lines to map the ocean floor]

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Santa Claws -- the Scary one???

by w2ktechman In reply to Why do people appear myst ...

got Claws of steel, razor sharp -- coming to a home near you :^0

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He's a secret sweetie.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Santa Claws -- the Scary ...

Just leave plenty of cookies and milk.


edit: close tag

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Well, can he

by w2ktechman In reply to He's a secret sweetie.

rip my damned stomach out??? Please send him this way.

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Do you have any

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Well, can he

candied ginger around?
A little - I do mean a little - should help.

Also, saltines or oyster crackers sometimes help.

And Coke or Gingerale over crushed ice (forces sipping).

Poor techman...

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Not too bad today

by w2ktechman In reply to Do you have any

I can move around today, yesterday I was more or less comatose.

Today I am moving around and trying to get things ready. I should be good enough for the W word tomorrow ~crossing fingers~

Personally, I am just glad I am better off than Jaqui was..

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