|Re: I'm Free (From my Job)!
Group: alt.polyamory · Group Profile
Author: Aahz Maruch Date: Jul 8, 2007 18:53
In article eagle.america.net>,
Rob Wynne america.net> wrote:
>Aahz Maruch pobox.com> wrote:
>> Really? I would say that 1995 was the adolescence of the ISP industry.
>> Panix and Netcom were going through their big growth spurts -- and that
>> was already after AOL created Eternal September. Now I would say that
>> the ISP industry is in many ways heading toward senescence, at least in
>> forms recognizable to those of us who were around back then.
>It was just really starting to get traction back then. I think 1995 was
>really the tipping point of the Comercial Internet.
But the Commercial Internet is *not* the same thing as the Era of the ISP
Industry. Except for cranky people like me, the vast majority of people
using the Internet these days do not use an ISP the way people did before
broadband became common. In fact, although Panix is still technically an
ISP, that's not what I use them for -- I get my Internet connection
AOL isn't even really focused on being an ISP anymore, either.
>It's worth nothing, thinking on it further, that our perceptions of the
>various ages of the net probably vary greatly because you are in
>California and I'm in Georgia. It grew up much more slowly out here in
Possibly, though I think it has more to do with the way we're separating
various pieces of the Internet Age.
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