samzenpus from the doomed-to-repeat-it dept.
James McP writes "Ars Technica has a write-up on the unregulated telegraph of the 19th century, which gives a view into what could happen to an internet lacking any regulation mandating neutrality. The owners of the 'Victorian internet' used their control of the telegraph to prop up monopolies, manipulate elections, facilitate insider trading, and censor criticism."
The difference between reality and unreality is that reality has so
little to recommend it.
-- Allan Sherman