In Reply to: The thing that gets me about that posted by Donny on March 29, 2003 at 11:20:42:
The internet grew out of a U.S. Defense Department program ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), established in 1969 with connections between computers at UCLA, Stanford Research Institute, UC-Santa Barbara, and the Univ. of Utah. ARPANET's purpose was to conduct research into computer networking in order to provide a secure and survivable communications system in case of war.
The funny thing is, that the Internet truly is global. But, to make it work in the way we are accostomed, it's hard to do it without US (or friendly to US) based companies providing things like IP addresses, domain names, DNS and web hosting.
The nature of the Internet has always been anarchy. The more we try to tame it, and own it, the more it bytes us on the ass.