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The Internet is for Everyone (RFC3271) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007813D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Apr-25
Document File: 7 page(s) / 12K

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This document expresses the Internet Society's ideology that the Internet really is for everyone. However, it will only be such if we make it so.

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Network Working Group                                            V. Cerf

Request for Comments: 3271                              Internet Society

Category: Informational                                       April 2002

                      The Internet is for Everyone

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does

   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this

   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2002).  All Rights Reserved.


   This document expresses the Internet Society's ideology that the

   Internet really is for everyone.  However, it will only be such  if

   we make it so.

1. The Internet is for everyone

   How easy to say - how hard to achieve!

   How have we progressed towards this noble goal?

   The Internet is in its 14th year of annual doubling since 1988.

   There are over 150 million hosts on the Internet and an estimated 513

   million users, world wide.

   By 2006, the global Internet is likely to exceed the size of the

   global telephone network, if it has not already become the telephone

   network by virtue of IP telephony.  Moreover, as many as 1.5 billion

   Internet-enabled appliances will have joined traditional servers,

   desk tops and laptops as part of the Internet family.  Pagers, cell

   phones and personal digital assistants may well have merged to become

   the new telecommunications tools of the next decade.  But even at the

   scale of the telephone system, it is sobering to realize that only

   half of the Earth's population has ever made a telephone call.

   It is estimated that commerce on the network will reach somewhere

   between $1.8T and $3.2T by 2003.  That is only two years from now

   (but a long career in Internet years).

Cerf                         Informational                      [Page 1]

RFC 3271              The Internet is for Everyone            April 2002

   The number of Internet users will likely reach over 1000 million by

   the end of the year 2005, but that is only about 16% of the world's

   population.  By 2047 the world's population may reach about 11

   billion.  If only 25% of the then world's population is on the

   Internet, that will be nearly 3 billion users.

   As high bandwidth access becomes the norm through digital subscriber

   loops, cable modems and digital terrestrial and satellite radio

   links, the convergence of media available on the Internet will become

   obvious.  Television, radio, telephony and the traditional print

   media will find counterparts on the Internet - and will be changed in

   profound ways by the presence of software that transforms the one-way

   media into interactive resources, shareable by many.

   The Internet is proving to be one of the most powerful amplifiers of

   speech ever invented.  It offers a global megaphone for voices that

   might otherwise be heard only feebly, if at all.  It invites and

   facilitates multiple points of view and dialog in ways

   unimplementable by the traditional, one-way, mass media.

   The Internet can facilitate democratic practices in unexpected ways.

   Did you know that proxy voting for stock shareholders is now commonly

   supported on the Internet?  Perhaps we can find additional ways in

   which to simplify and expand the v...