Open Internet Foundation is a 501(c)(12) not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing an Internet alternative known as Open Internet.
1. Open Internet Goal:
The Internet, as we know it today, is too constraint. IP addresses are not available to the general public, cost prohibitive. It is a monopoly unto itself. Open Internet is a Community Intranet System, independent from the Internet. As communities adopt this Community Intranet, Open Internet will become an Internet alternative.
2. Open Internet Copyright:
Open Internet. A Community Intranet System. Copyright (C) 1999 Open Internet Foundation.
This Open Internet is free; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or any later version.
This Open Internet is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this Open Internet; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA
3. Open Internet Strategy:
Open Internet is a Community Intranet System. Indepent from the Internet. Ultimately it will become an Internet alternative.
Open Internet is licensed under the GNU General Public License.
Open Internet is based upon the Open Source model.
Open Internet Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, is the registrar for Open IP ( Open Internet Protocol) addresses and their associated URLs. All Open IP addresses and URLs must be registered with Open Internet Foundation. This is so that no two Open IP addresses and URLs are the same.
Open IP addresses are free upon approval of request. Requests must state the purpose and content of the associated URL. Purpose and content deemed unapprovable shall include violence, hatred, discrimination, "Adult Entertainment", unlawful distribution of copyrighted works, or the advocacy thereof.
An Open IP address may be used in conjunction with a URL to run a web site. There is no need for ".com", ".org", etc. All you need is the name. i.e.: Open Internet Foundation URL would be "http://openinternetfoundation".
To start, there is a limit of 2 Open IP addresses per person, business, or organization. As Open IP software advances, this limit will be eliminated.
This is a work continuously in progress.
4. Open Internet funding and infrastucture:
The money and equipment will initially come from the members that volunteer to operate and maintain it.
As time goes on, funding will come in the form of grants, donations and so forth. Donations will come in the form of funds or equipmet. After all, Open Internet will be a community operated and maintained intranet system.
We need community network lines and associated hardware. The lines can be fiber optic, coaxial, or twisted pair.
Donations in the form of equipment and community network lines from current ISPs are greatly appreciated. We encourage ISPs to become Open ISPs (Open Internet Service Providers).
Once the lines are up, anybody with an Open IP address can connect freely to the system.
The lines are not maintained by any one group. They are maintained by the members. If you wish to help maintain the lines, all the better. If you don't, then it is a free ride.
Open ISP; may not deny customers their right to obtain their own Open IP addresses and run their own web site.
5. Contact information:
If you're interested in becoming an Open ISP or would like to make a donation, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org