High Speed Internet Evolution
During the early 90's with the birth of AOL and other dialups I used to download at 56k, the whole new world of email and html internet. When I started as an undergraduate at UCLA in 1995, I decided to rent an apartment in Westwood on Veteran Ave with dialup. The students in the dorm had the same High Speed Internet that was available in the library and other areas of campus. Rather than give up my cool Westwood spread and move into the dorms to feed my high speed addiction, I ordered a cable modem. It wasn't T1 speeds, but kind of like broadband methadone to get me through the night. Eventually I joined a research group at UCLA doing chemical physics experiments with lasers and surfing the net all night while collecting Quantum beat data. This created continuity in my High Speed access.
When I entered graduate school at MIT in 1998, we had fiber and really, really fast connections. As students we would sit in large rooms with hundreds of PC's and terminals and bombard each others IP's with hacks. My classmate and friend Nikolay, world math decathlon winner out of Bulgaria, would take great pleasure in bringing down the network while we were in the middle of Quantum calculations and simulations for our home work.
Eventually, Nikolay and I joined the same research group where we used Ultrafast Femtosecond lasers to create optical Terahertz (THz) switches that will eventually become part of a (THz) internet experience. The High Speed Internet Evolution is very exciting to me as a researcher, user, and now businessman. My life's work now involves developing domain assets, some of which are in high speed internet and Hughes Net.