Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Disconnecting is Value-Subtracted -- David Reed
David P. Reed writes:
It's dangerous to confuse the Internet with "all networks". To the extent that the Internet becomes non-interoperable end-to-end, it loses large parts of its value. And today, more and more of the networks are opting out of *inter* operability.Walled garden? Think, "value-subtracted."
When a network disconnects its users, it ceases to be part of THE Internet. Its users suffer. However, in many cases, users have recourse - they find other paths to remain part of THE Internet. Sometimes those paths are overlay tunnels snaking through the jungles of disconnected networks. Sometimes those paths are just alternate connections.
Nevertheless, I would not count any part of the world that disenfranchises its endpoints from participation in the broad interoperable Internet as part of THE Internet.
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