Archived Blog Post: August 1, 2001
Taming the Wild, Wild Web - This article is the most ill-informed piece of propaganda I've read in ages. The internet has become less reliable because of corporate involvement. Email account outages have nothing to do with the design of the net backbone. The internet backbones are already run by telecommunications carriers, not "hippies". Internet telephony already exists, and video on demand will never exist with current technology (regardless of design - the amount of bandwidth simply isn't there, by orders of magnitude). The obstacles to "changes in the network's basic structure" are not merely "traditonalists", they are all the issues that come from throwing away a working global communication channel and replacing it with something that cannot and will never be able to provide the same level of functionality.