I became an internet advocate. Got my own computer hooked on via UUCP so I could get usenet, got myself a full internet email address, kept participating even from home.
Meanwhile I was educating local BBS folks about the benefits of the internet and in chat rooms on AOL.
I wanted everybody online. And here we are. It’s about as messy as I’d expected and we’re going to have to deal with it but I’m glad for it.
Disappointed at the level of involvement of industry of course but the core of what the internet is remains regardless.
Oh, my disappointment stems from the the privatization of the internet backbone in 1994.
“UUNet, AT&T, Sprint, and Level 3″
I still remember being angry about that
I didn’t care if people made money on TOP OF it, but the infrastructure should’ve been worldwide govts supported with treaties and stuff.
Once the backbone was privatized, I knew that “anything money can buy” would happen.
But thankfully at the guts level the IETF still silently rules the innards of internet1. We don’t have access to Internet2 which is for the best.