It's a good day for the internet: Wired just published an op-ed by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler detailing his new proposal for strict net neutrality rules, rules that largely resemble the terrific plan President Obama outlined a few months ago. Great! But let's be real: An opinion piece is not a new policy.
Between 1928 and 1932, two Art Deco skyscrapers were built in Lower Manhattan to house the telecommunications infrastructure for Western Union and AT&T. Almost 100 years later, the towers are still fulfilling their original intentions as data centers for Telx, an internet services company.
If you're watching tomorrow's Doctor Who midseason premiere on BBC America, you'll get to see an extra 60-second sequence which was sponsored by AT&T. At one point in the episode, Amy and Rory take off on a motorcycle in pursuit of someone — and then they arrive, soon after.
What would the world be like if fiber optic and mobile phones had been available in the 1930's? Would the decade be known as the start of the Information Revolution rather than the Great Depression?
Global positioning systems, video conferencing, tollbooth transponders, voice-activated key locks, a crazy notebook fax machine, and the wrist phone: all these and more were predicted by AT&T in a 1993 ad campaign that confidently asserted "You Will"—as in you will buy our products. (Isn't it just like a former…