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ghall
Apr 16, 2007, 03:56 PM
Came across this little thing today.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070413/ap_on_hi_te/rebuilding_the_internet

I personally think that scrapping the current internet would be a total waste of time and money, that could be put towards improving the current system.

yellow
Apr 16, 2007, 03:59 PM
What happened to Internet2 for EDUs? Nothin'. It's still there. And slow as hell.

dmw007
Apr 16, 2007, 06:15 PM
Still just sounds like a series of tubes to me. :p ;) :D

pilotError
Apr 16, 2007, 06:18 PM
What happened to Internet2 for EDUs? Nothin'. It's still there. And slow as hell.

Actually... There were 2 competing initiatives that finally agreed to put their efforts together. More politics...

The companies aren't going to build anything more until they can figure out how to screw the consumer... I mean be able to recoup their costs in an extremely profitable way.

cmccarten
Apr 16, 2007, 06:52 PM
The talk of involving the government and private industry sounds really problematic to me.

Thomas Veil
Apr 16, 2007, 09:45 PM
Indeed. Our security agencies are already patched into damn near everything, so I shudder at what they could do if they had an opportunity to start from scratch. And businesses would just see this as a way to charge us two or three times as much for largely the same functionality, or to build in tiers that we would have to pay extra for.

Abstract
Apr 17, 2007, 04:44 AM
I don't want this at all. I'm happy with my internet, thank you.


Words like "improved" don't really tell you anything. Who sees this improvement? I certainly won't. It'll be easier to track exactly what I have been doing, and will certainly make it easier for "the man" to get into my system. Oh no you di'int. *snap snap snap*

Killyp
Apr 17, 2007, 04:58 AM
The underpinnings work fine. It's that in the UK, they REALLY need to improve the communications network! Fastest internet we can get where we live is just under 512k, and yet less than 10 miles away they can get 21mb broadband, yet BT still hasn't been able to provide the service they should...

dextertangocci
Apr 17, 2007, 10:47 AM
The underpinnings work fine. It's that in the UK, they REALLY need to improve the communications network! Fastest internet we can get where we live is just under 512k, and yet less than 10 miles away they can get 21mb broadband, yet BT still hasn't been able to provide the service they should...

Wow. How can you complain about 21mbps broadband? What more can be improved? Surely you can't go faster than that:eek: I have a 4mbps connection, about the fastest in the continent, but it's expensive (around £320 per month), and is not always very reliable...

Many people here would love to have 192kbps ADSL, or even ISDN.

Killyp
Apr 17, 2007, 05:28 PM
Wow. How can you complain about 21mbps broadband? What more can be improved? Surely you can't go faster than that:eek: I have a 4mbps connection, about the fastest in the continent, but it's expensive (around 320 per month), and is not always very reliable...

Many people here would love to have 192kbps ADSL, or even ISDN.

That's my point. It's amazing that literally 5 minutes drive from here they have 21 meg broadband, but here we REALLY struggle to get 512k DSL. In fact BT had to install an entirely new line just for us to get broadband, and 512 is the absolute fastest we can get until BT upgrades the exchange (which they say they have no plans to in the near or distant future).

It's nuts. For a company that claims to be the most advanced communications organisation in the world, they're doing a generally pretty pants job. Some of the technicians we had to meet and work with were great, they do really well. it just seems like it's really badly managed from a top level.

slayr-cxf50
Apr 17, 2007, 11:13 PM
Rebuilding the internet? Interesting theory. But I don't think this'd be a good thing at all.
The original internet (this one lol) has proven to be such a commercial success that any rebuilding of it would be heavily controlled and restricted by corporations.
VERY bad idea. Resist at all costs.
I like this internet (well, from the safety of my iBook anyway.)

MacNut
Apr 18, 2007, 01:10 PM
How does one rebuild the internet, do they unplug it for a while?