Study of Internet Power

Jeff Ammons (
28 Jan 95 13:42:00 GMT

SD>Right now, I'm looking for some input from "regular users" (if such a
SD>actually exists ;) ) my question to you is: Where do you feel th
SD>power in your system lies? Do you feel you have a say i the way your
SD>system is run? Would you like one?

SD>Interested in any responses. Thanks,
SD>Scott Frank

Hi Scott,
Personally I feel totally in control of my own internet usage. I have a
SLIP account with a local BBS, so I can log on to the net at up to 28.8
(still slow compared with a broad band connection such as you find at
universities and large corporations). The only constraints are time
allowed online. For an extra $150 I could remove that constraint.

I am assuming you are thinking more in terms of people who get their access
through an organization of some kind (university or corporation). In their
case, I guess they might have some hassles depending on what they want to

I guess the central question is whether access to the net is a RIGHT or a
PRIVILIGE. I don't have a strong opinion one way or the other. On the one
hand the Internet is a great democratizing force that lets everyone
interact equally whether a student, professor, CEO, or nut-case. On the
other hand TANSTAAFL. Somebody has to pay for it. Also, this great
democratizing force is only available to folks who have access to a
computer and either a modem or a direct connection. There's equal and then
there's equal.

There's my 2 cents worth (I accept cash, check, money order, credit cards,
barter, pretty stones, food... pretty much anything).

Actually, I would love to get a copy of your paper when you're done.

Jeff (work) (home)