November 16, 2007

I Have a Dream!

I have a dream, that one day we will rise up, and share our knowledge and let every user know there is a better way and that not all networks are created equal.

I have a dream that one day in our corporate break room the sons of jocks and geeks will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day, even Doctors and Attorneys, sweltering in self importance and dripping of ignorance will be transformed into a group of highly intelligent and cooperative people.

I have a dream that my future children will live in a nation where they will not be judged by the speed of their internet connection, but by the content of their blogs!


I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its red necks, and it’s Hillbilly’s having their lips dripping with words of “the internets” and “tubes”, little geeks and little nerds will be able to join hands with little jocks and little Hillbilly’s as brothers and sisters(who don’t marry each other)


I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; and the glory of Unified Communications shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. And this is the faith I go back to server room with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the tangled CAT5 of our nation into a beautiful symphony of wireless frequencies. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to instant message together, to share music together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that information will be free one day.

And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of Linus' children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my night elf died, land of my guilds pride,

From every mountainside, make Wi-Fi free!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let Wi-Fi spread from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let torrents seed from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let cell phones ring from the heightening Alleghenies of

Let P2P flow from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let broad band spread from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let viral video spread from sea to sea

Let operating systems work on any hardware.

Let freedom of files spread from continent to continent

From every server room, share files free.

And when this happens, when we allow file sharing, when we let torrents seed from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of Bill's children, Linux users and Unix users, Windows Users and Mac Users, Novel Users (ok…there are no novel users), will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Nerd spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, information is free at last!

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