Happy 27th Birthday to the Internet!

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It’s hard to imagine a time without the internet. When we read newspapers and watched the evening news to stay on top of world events, when we wrote letters and chatted on the phone, and when Amazon was just a river in South America.

But it wasn’t long ago, on April 30, 1993, when the World Wide Web went live—and free!—to everyone. To ring in the internet’s 27th birthday, we can reflect on its humble beginnings and celebrate all that we’re able to do with this incredible public tool.

How well do you know the internet?

  • Tim Berners initially developed the WWW as a way for scientists, developers, and academics to share knowledge quickly with colleagues around the world.
  • Berners also developed the uniform resource locator (URL), HTML, and HTTP that make web development and navigation possible.
  • CERN, the research lab where Berners worked, placed the WWW in the public domain and gave up all intellectual property rights making the internet free to everyone.
  • Microsoft released Internet Explorer in 1995 and within 10 years had over 95% of the market share of browsers.

And now? People who were never able to travel can read travel blogs, view photographs, and even do virtual tours of the world’s great cities. Friends can track down elementary school classmates, important colleagues, or even old loves. We have access to great works of literature as well as breaking news. We can ask for help with homework, cooking, directions, and job hunts. And we can view, read, engage, and share all for free thanks to the good work of CERN and Sir Tim Berners 27 years ago.

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Keep Americans Connected Pledge

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the challenges that many Americans will face in the coming months, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai recently announced the Keep Americans Connected Initiative. In order to ensure that Americans do not lose their broadband or telephone connectivity as a result of these exceptional circumstances, he specifically asked broadband and telephone service providers, and trade associations, to take the Keep Americans Connected Pledge.

So far, more than 550 companies and associations have signed the Chairman’s pledge to Keep Americans Connected.

The Keep Americans Connected Pledge reads as follows:

Given the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on American society, Michigan Broadband Services pledges for the next 60 days to:

1) not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic;

2) waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and

3) open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.