Where we you in 1995 when it came to the Internet, asked Daniel Berninger, the founder of VCXC, a nonprofit promoting the development of an all-IP-based telephony system.
Last night in D.C., Berninger organized and hosted the first-ever "Internet Independence Day," which celebrated 20 years of a fully privatized Internet backbone and the immense growth in connection speeds, ubiquity, and innovation. In the wake of recent FCC actions to reclassify the Internet under Title II rules, he has convened a panel of "tech elders" to promote a truly open 'net. The elders include figures ranging from John Perry Barlow to Mark Cuban to Bob Metcalfe (the inventor of ethernet).
Speakers last night included former FCC head Reed Hundt, Consumer Electronics Association head Gary Shapiro, and former Clinton administration advisor Ira Magaziner.