The Internet? We Built That Anyone that was actually around long enough already knows it began as a means for egg heads to exchange ideas, was rapidly hit upon as a means to remain connected at the government level after being nuked and then it stagnated for it had no other real use.
Then it was grabbed up by BBS users as an elitist hangout for geeks until finally after a lot of time had passed, the WWW was created and actually made the internet non geek friendly and commercially worth while.
The internet following the arrival of WWW was driven forward by a combination of commercialization, gossiping, porn and piracy.
Suddenly every business thought it couldn't survive without a web page, everyone had a forum/was on a forum/was blathering aimlessly on some social flavour or in a lot of cases wanking or downloading, or downloading for reasons of wanking, or just downloading because eventually you realize you can only wank so long.
Been able to watch all of it.
And I have no idea where Obama was during the last 30 years, but he obviously wasn't anywhere near a computer.
LA Times "Article" The expanding capabilities of .... The LA Times "article", "The expanding capabilities of broadband Internet in rural areas.", is an advertisement. It says so in faint gray type in the upper left corner just above the words "The expanding.."
Just another day where corporate PR is used as news instead of real investigative journalism. Notice no mention in the "article" of daily and monthly CAPS, lag/ping times, or other negatives.
I have been fooled, several times, on first glance reading of something that it is real journalism. Something usually gives me pause and upon rereading I realize it is an advertisement. The PR people are getting more subtle each day, so you really have to pay attention. Usually the all positive perky happy words give it away.