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Communications Revolution

Dave said: “I told Doc tonight at dinner that I think we’re at the cusp of a communication revolution”.

OK I sooooo agree with this. When I helped start EasyNet in 1994 there were only 2 ISPs in the UK. It cost us $50,000 to start the company. Becoming an ISP was suddenly within reach of 2 guys and a credit card. Today, with Video and Voice over IP technology it will soon be possible to start a communications company for less that $50,000. This is going to make competing with the big telcos an achievable goal for many startups. Somebody is going to become the UUNet of communications, and the Earthlink of communications and even the AOL of communications. Many thousands of others will become local communications service providers, just as there are thousands of local ISPs.

It’s going to be fun to watch.

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