[discuss] Internet: the INTER-connection of local NET-works

willi uebelherr willi.uebelherr at gmail.com
Mon May 5 04:37:43 UTC 2014

Dear friends,

I am very grateful for the constructive responses. In particular, the 
critical questions are important. They force us to organize our thinking 
and to substantiate our views.

In this response, I will deal only with the philosophical basis for my 
proposal. Some answers are originated from a different orientation. In a 
second response I want to discuss some technical aspects that are 
general in nature. Special reviews and questions I want to answer 
specifically, as far as I am able.

The background

We can distinguish two extremal poles.
a) we support the desire from all people to a free communication
b) we use the communication requirements in order to realize our own 

To a) I stand and many members of this list.

To b) stay all those for which the current structures and organizations 
are important. Be it to stabilize their jobs or to secure their 
livelihood in any other form. But it is also important to organize 
governance and to try anything that the people in the regions can not 
organize independently. And therefore are not in a position to shape 
their communication system itself. As part of the many actors worldwide.

As in all questions of constructive design also flow into our principles 
of the design of our communication systems our philosophical 
orientations and ultimately determine our methods. We always have to 
deal with limitations in the technical possibilities. But from the 
contradiction between target and condition arise the driving forces.

This also applies to those for which the needs for communication are 
only objects for their money-oriented actions.

In general I formulate the following development principles:
a) massively decentralized
b) massively parallel
c) massively redundant

 From that directly follows that our global communication system rests 
on independent local networks. It also follows that the people in the 
regions concerned in parallel with the development of technical 
components that they need for their communication systems. And it also 
follows that the capacity should be well above the maximum demand.

The current restrictions are primarily the monopolization of knowledge 
and a specific concentration of technical infrastructures. But these 
restrictions have no inherent legitimacy. They are the result of 
constructive design.

Where the boundaries lie for distributed and parallel development of the 
necessary technical components, we do not know. But we know that 
diversity is an essential prerequisite for a strong development.

We are inevitably confronted with the private appropriation of human 
knowledge. This is not a problem for me, because for me knowledge is 
always world heritage. This eliminates all the justifications for legal 
systems to patents and licenses. This is because basically our 
individual knowledge rests on the knowledge of our ancestors and 

Because not the needs of the people to free communication are the 
foundation in the technical development of components for communications 
systems, but the interests of capital utilization, there are no 
reasonable technological systems. Therefore, we can never make the 
present state of the technology to the basis of our discussion.

Communication is always bidirectional. It also follows that we consider 
in our technical terminology the client and server as a unit. In our 
direct verbal communication, we also do this. Technically that's not a 

If we treat our connection paths for data transport such as public 
roads, which everyone can use, then we immediately see the massive 
limitations. Again, there is no technical reason. Always the people in 
the local regions make their paths and trails usable for guests.

Communication takes place primarily locally and regionally. In families, 
between friends and colleagues. Therefore, it is natural to organize our 
technical communication systems locally and regionally. This eliminates 
much of the meaningless data transports.

I will summarize it briefly. We focus on the needs. We decentralize and 
parallelize our activities for the construction of the components for 
our global communication systems. We cooperate worldwide. We help each 
other worldwide. We can do this because we have the same needs for a 
free communication worldwide.

Many greetings in solidarity, willi uebelherr
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

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