Outernet Could Bring Free Internet Access

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The internet, once the Wild West of technology, has now been tamed.

Slow dial-up websites with midi files, once seen by corporations as laughable, have now become high-powered blogs-turned-LLCs. Along with the monetization and enterprising of the internet, the ‘powers that be’ don’t just want to use the technology, but control it. Enter huge bills for internet access, corporations merging for more internet control, and many without the ability to pay for access to the world. So what’s the next step for those who want to have a much freer ‘net? Outernet.

Outernet is a new type of technology that promises everyone in the world free, unrestricted wi-fi. Outernet is the brainchild of New York’s Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) and is stated to use datacasting technology. Datacasting┬ásays the Daily Mail, involves sending data over radio waves. Low-cost mini satellites (cubesats) will be sent into space, the organization proposes. These cubesats will then utilize what’s called User Datagram Protocol (UDP) multitasking, or, data sharing on a network, to send out precious info to its users. The Outernet initiative could be in space as soon as 2015.

MDIF states that Outernet will help the 60% of the world without wi-fi have the ability to become a part of the world wide web. But, there are certainly some people who will not like this idea of democratic internet. Firstly, there are the countries who control government messages through the media. Secondly, there’s the whole “corporation” part. Corporations love monopolizing how those of us who can afford internet access get it. Generally, that comes with a cable bill. Think of all the money they’d be losing (and all the money we’d be saving) if we got internet access for free? Thirdly, there are some laws that even non-oppressive areas of the world are trying to enforce on their publics. For instance, Europe has been trying to gain control of internet access by either attempting to put an internet tax in place, or attempting to ban online pornography. In short, free access is something that could upset a lot of people for a lot of different reasons. But, for those of us who are footing the internet bills, free access sound magical.

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