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We should think of the internet(s) as something that people and communities DO as a means to other ends. We should not think of the internet as a "service" that we "buy." I heard a brilliant quote: "The question is not how do ISPs recover their costs -- the question is why we keep insisting on funding our infrastructure by charging for services instead of recognizing that the infrastructure is not a profit center. ...more »
"Ambient Connectivity" is the ability to assume connectivity anywhere and anytime.
http://uppix.net/5/5/f/a2134a2305e170ccac4bfbee82e1c.jpg this is a screenshot of my "dropbox." dropbox is one of many free "cloud-based" backup / file sharing sevices. you just keep some of your stuff in a special folder, and that folder synchronizes with a location on the internet. you can designate what you want private and what you want to share. our isp says they give you "12mbps" (actually they claim 30mbps, but ...more »