April 9th class (tech)

A private, personal Internet with its own protocol; hidden and accessible solely by a selected crowd of paying customers. Sounds far fetched? Not really: Google seems to have plans to build its own private Internet backbone using “dark” fiber optic cables. These cable were laid fown during the Internet boom in 1990 and later on abandoned during the downfall in 2000. Will this be a bona fide attempt to provide users with a superior Internet experience, only time can tell. In the menatime the plot thickens when Google announces the $100 PC appliance they are going to build. This appliance will work only when “hooked up” to Google and push advertisement to the end-user.

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