Step #1 — Liberate Communications
The Internet was built as an experiment, a successful experiment that took roots in our society and now controls almost every aspect of our lives in an extremely short time by any count.
We’ve been successful in bringing the Internet revolution to a large population of the planet, and now that it’s pretty much everywhere in first- and second-world societies, it’s starting to make its way to third-world regions, revolutionizing everything it comes across and even things it has very little to do with.
The Internet was built as an experiment, back in the late 1980's the Internet was conceived as it could be — one network of computers connects with another network of computers — there are computers that are responsible of knowing where each node in a network is and coordinating that node’s communication with the rest of the networks connected to the Internet.
We have ISPs that regulate and control the flow of information on the Internet — ISPs are huge network coordinators that decide where, when, and how a new network will be established based on their own needs, not the needs of their customers.
Becoming an ISP in 2014 is almost impossible — it requires enormous investments in infrastructure, have business and political ties to the right entities that will allow you to create a new ISP, and that’s only if your business model serves the need of the other ISPs and the business players related to this venture. If you happen to innovate greatly, like that town in the US who in the previous decade decided to create its own Internet infrastructure for its citizens for fraction of the cost that the ISPs are requiring and with faster and more reliable connection, than you’re out of luck, because the businesses that don’t like you will find a way, often more than one, to make sure that your business will not become a reality, and in cases even illegal if it serves their purpose.
Even if we forget the enormous investment required for creating a new ISP, the architecture of the network has reached its limits for how fast and far we can go. Some would say that the current infrastructure design is made specifically to serve this purpose.
On the one hand we have land-line carriers that provide Internet connections to our homes and offices, they come in all shapes and sizes, from old school dialup and ISDN to modern high speed cable and optical. The wireless carriers bring our Internet using rapidly aging cellular technologies, to which they add a 10–15% improvement every year or two and call it a day, but charging us — the users — overpriced charges whenever we move about.
The Internet isn’t being created or even curated by those carriers, but we the users have to pay them outrageous amounts of money for using their old, unreliable, slow, and opinionated networks to just get on the information highway.
The Internet has long become a commodity, an ever present part of human society, much like the spoken and written words we cannot imagine our existence without it, and yet we are being held hostages to companies and corporations that extort every bit of money that they can, legally and otherwise, from their customers. They are not advancing our technologies, they are capabilities on our advancements and stifle our progress so that they continue making money from the innovations of the previous decades.
The solution I envision is a democratic one, the same way that the government and corporations do not control who associates and communicates with who and how, I see the Internet as a collection of peers that agree amongst themselves on how to manage and evolve the network based on the collective needs and wants, rather than continuing support for outdated models that no longer bring value to the society as a whole but to a small group of individuals that controls the networks and do with them as they wish, regardless of technological advancements that could be deployed to improve the overall networks.
The solution is a decentralized global network that isn’t controlled by any government or corporation, is far more reliable, transparent, and available than the existing networks.
A network that doesn’t capitalizes on the creations of others and robs the creators of their profit, but rather a network that supports new inventions, compensates the creators of content based on their actual reach and popularity, instead of giving them tiny bits just to get them by until their next creation, a network that makes the cost of reaching and interacting with the network as low as it possibly can be by simply allowing everyone to compete in providing a connection, not just monolithic corporations that have the cash reserves to deploy a network.
The new proposed model for our global network is free from obligations and technological barriers erected accidentally (or not) by the previous generations.
The new model allows anyone to serve Internet and to be part of it at the same time. It allows anyone who uses the Internet to profit from just using it by default, its core ideas and technologies make it so that every user on the network is also a transmitter (by choice) that other users use to transmit bits of information across the vast oceans of knowledge.
It uses the similar ideas of decentralization and distributed consensus as Bitcoin, making it impossible for any entity to stop or stifle certain ideas and tools from propagation across the Internet as it often happens in today’s networks that are controlled by corporations, governed by the same corporations, and generate profit for, you guessed it, the same corporation.
I call this new network Freewave for now, and in the coming weeks and months I will give more information about what it is and how it’s going to work.