Who Owns The Internet?

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Who Owns The Internet?
  • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
    Al Gore, although I'm guessing Tipper owns half of it now.
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  • Profile picture of the author KenThompson
    I do. Why do you ask?


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    • Profile picture of the author Doug
      Who Owns The Internet?

      Originally Posted by KenThompson View Post

      I do.

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      Do Not! My sister's nephew's twin brother's dad owns everything.
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        Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

        If anyone runs with this, I want One Million Preferred shares as my fee for offering the idea. Make them out to Welcome To My Universe.
        Paul

        Aah, the merchant banker in you comes out at last. (The merchant banker bit isn't rhyming slang by the way ).

        Hmm. It actually isn't a bad idea.

        Hmm.

        Hmm, again.

        Hmm, some more.

        Now where did I put that drawing board?
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    is it not google???
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  • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
    A certain recluse by the name of Roald Dolittle Twinklevotem who lives in a remote region of Utah owns the internet. Whoops, correction -- does not own the internet. Scrap that. I'll keep on searching.
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  • Profile picture of the author jacktackett
    I heard its just in the imagination of some kid named Tommy Westphall.
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  • Profile picture of the author PEIProfit_Katie
    Justin freaking Bieber.
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  • Profile picture of the author rypher21
    barney owns it !!
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    Google or Facebook
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  • Profile picture of the author Bojan_Djordjevic
    It belongs to the people and keep it that way.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Buckley
    Boxxy and Spongebob And the local troll own the internet
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  • Profile picture of the author nigrilaforever
    Devil is the only owner of the internet
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  • Profile picture of the author lock4pick
    Internet is a collection of inter-networked computer systems that spans the entire globe. It depends on several sets of rules called protocols. These protocols make it possible for computer communication across networks. It also relies on a huge infrastructure of routers, Network Access Points (NAPs) and computer systems. Then there are the satellites, miles of cable and hundreds of wireless routers that transmit signals between computers and networks.

    computer.howstuffworks.com/internet/basics/who-owns-internet.htm

    So its not me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Diver's
      Originally Posted by lock4pick View Post

      Internet is a collection of inter-networked computer systems that spans the entire globe. It depends on several sets of rules called protocols. These protocols make it possible for computer communication across networks. It also relies on a huge infrastructure of routers, Network Access Points (NAPs) and computer systems. Then there are the satellites, miles of cable and hundreds of wireless routers that transmit signals between computers and networks.

      computer.howstuffworks.com/internet/basics/who-owns-internet.htm

      So its not me.
      i thought so..LOL
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      • Profile picture of the author theentry
        Originally Posted by Ride_the_lightning View Post

        I agree it's a sort of common possession, but if there's a real owner, founder or whatever you call him, we'll never know his name
        The founder is the US army...

        The origins of the Internet reach back to the 1960s with both private and United States military research into robust, fault-tolerant, and distributed computer networks. The funding of a new U.S. backbone by the National Science Foundation, as well as private funding for other commercial backbones, led to worldwide participation in the development of new networking technologies, and the merger of many networks. The commercialization of what was by then an international network in the mid 1990s resulted in its popularization and incorporation into virtually every aspect of modern human life. As of 2009, an estimated quarter of Earth's population used the services of the Internet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
    Some guy called "Johnny Cash"
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  • Profile picture of the author Drewry_Media
    I hear everyone keep saying Al Gore started the internet, but not sure. I'm a little behind in the times...sometimes..lol
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  • Profile picture of the author susinggih
    Obviously Tom Cruise. If he doesn't then he won't be bothering himself making another Mission Impossible movie.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sam Nicholson
    well, it's quite a question, one problem though - if I'll tell you I will kill you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Martin2010
    I thought Billy Bob thornton owned it?
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  • Profile picture of the author betwarrior
    According to lately state looks like Mark Zuckerberg!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dr A
    Who Ever but definately an American.
    Created by americans and so they have the right to Own it...
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  • Profile picture of the author Virtualghost
    The Jetson's created it and Mr.Scott perfected it.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Um..........Scotty - beam me up.........fast. They're askin' questions again.
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  • Profile picture of the author BayAreaSteve
    The Internet was created and controlled by 2 USA government agencies ARPANET, and DARPANET, funded by United States citizens tax dollars. I worked on the project at Stanford Research Institute , in 1978 until 1983 , and Al Gore was no where to be seen, trust me on that.

    There were other institutes, universities , also involved ... but the main reason for it, was to
    create an entity that could maintain communications if there were a major attack against the
    USA. Hence, we had packet switching networks , that could evolve new network paths on the
    fly , to ensure data delivery between any points on the network ( internet ) . Now aren't you sorry
    you asked ... LOL

    So, that is who created it, and funded it. I guess you can say to some extent it's beginning's were
    " owned " by USA citizens, because they paid for it.

    Anyway, I gotta go take some geritol, all this typing has worn me out... ;-)
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    • Profile picture of the author Colin Palfrey
      Originally Posted by BayAreaSteve View Post

      The Internet was created and controlled by 2 USA government agencies ARPANET, and DARPANET, funded by United States citizens tax dollars. I worked on the project at Stanford Research Institute , in 1978 until 1983 , and Al Gore was no where to be seen, trust me on that.

      There were other institutes, universities , also involved ... but the main reason for it, was to
      create an entity that could maintain communications if there were a major attack against the
      USA. Hence, we had packet switching networks , that could evolve new network paths on the
      fly , to ensure data delivery between any points on the network ( internet ) . Now aren't you sorry
      you asked ... LOL

      So, that is who created it, and funded it. I guess you can say to some extent it's beginning's were
      " owned " by USA citizens, because they paid for it.

      Anyway, I gotta go take some geritol, all this typing has worn me out... ;-)
      While they may well have been the leading American teams, America was certainly not the only country working on a version of the internet.

      None of the earlier attempts where much use though, until Tim Berners Lee invented the Hyper Textual Transfer Protocol (http) that actually made it work.

      With this in mind I would argue that while America may have invented, or contributed to the invention of the toilet seat. Tim Berners Lee (English) invented the hole in the middle. :p

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  • Profile picture of the author Sleaklight
    Since we pay taxes to maintain government, then we own it. Anyone want to buy my share of the Internet by taking over my taxes? lol
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  • Profile picture of the author pethanks
    There are internet providers in your local place. They own part of the internet connection.
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  • Profile picture of the author PeterDunin
    God Isn't it?
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  • Profile picture of the author bdm
    It's a little know secret that "The Google" runs the entire operation from a refurbished Russian submarine somewhere off the coast of Antarctica. What's more, "The Google" is currently building a new secret location on the 'Dark Side Of The Moon"......
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    • Profile picture of the author igorGriffiths
      I think it is more important to focus on who controls, rather than who owns it, after all China managed to take control over a large part of it recently.

      If you were restricted from the Internet because your government deemed you a non citizen as is becoming common in the UK, then the matter of who owns it is secondary to who can actually control your use of the Internet.

      The authorities will let us worry about who owns it, whilst they decide who is allowed access to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    There's no such thing as an internet. You people are such suckers. What next, you're gonna want to know who the Easter Bunny really is?
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  • Profile picture of the author Sea1c
    The Plumbers, just a bunch of tubes aren't they?
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    I can sell you internet property at a reasonable pixel price if you are interested. Closeouts pixels actually from someone else who over ordered and so I have about 10 million pixel units left over from a buyback, tried to sell them to wal mart, but of course they got some from a chinese seller who undercut me... hit me up if you want some, they are still in good condition even though they are buy backs.


    Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

    There's no such thing as an internet. You people are such suckers. What next, you're gonna want to know who the Easter Bunny really is?
    Uh... well...? yeah, I kinda always wondered that.... but I guess its obvious he's "bugs" Still you never know. You know somethin we dont know Dennis? Perhaps you hold the secret to santa clause too? That one really bugs the hell out of me... so many decoys you know. Its like a santa house of mirrors or something.... who could ever know?
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  • God owns everything... at no interest
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    • Profile picture of the author geraldinesmith88
      Nobody owns the internet.
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      • Profile picture of the author Tashi Mortier
        Of course it's the flying spaghetti monster. What do you think the spaghetti arms are for?

        No seriously: There is no such thing as THE internet. It is a mass of networks all connected together.

        It's like asking who owns all the streets on the world. Of course a certain street belongs to a country or company (private streets) but you can still get from A to B when a street is blocked, you can drive around that blockade, use another route - that's exactly how the internet works.

        That's why it is so hard to remove certain unwanted websites - the internet has no center, no single point of failure.
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      • Profile picture of the author Bill Eliott
        Originally Posted by geraldinesmith88 View Post

        Nobody owns the internet.

        ''My Name is Nobody"



        1970's reference
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  • Profile picture of the author sfossy
    Ask this question to god
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Lianelli
    If you take in account that the biggest part of the internet is spam and x-rated content, I'd say the internet is owned by some shady film studio

    Seriously, no one owns the internet. But I won't be surprised if there are some governments that would LIKE to own it.
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  • Profile picture of the author walterj79
    The People, but that might change with big corps trying to shove their cheap phones and low paying interest rates checking accounts in our face.
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  • Profile picture of the author Russell Hall
    The Americans!
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  • Profile picture of the author emiysmith
    The Internet is a giant system made up of much smaller systems. If it's one thing, does it have a single owner? Is there some person or entity that controls the Internet? Is it possible for someone to own something that spans nations and oceans?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jun Balona
    I don't know 'bout you, but do you think the question is a bit vague? It's like asking what is the temperature of fire itself...

    Just a thought but hey, I may be wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author scott_kalvin
    The Internet is like a pie, and anyone who has put any content on the Internet owns a piece of it. Some companies own the majority of the Internet because their services are in such high demand. Most people own such a small fraction of the pie that their share is not even worth a penny. Where do you stand?
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