Praise be to NANOG!

Harvard cyberlawyer Jonathan Zittrain explains the workings of the world wide web, and gives due credit to its guardians in the North American Network Operators Group

“Your neighbourly duty is to pass the beer along – at risk to your own trousers – to get it to its destination.”

There may be the occasional belch, hiccup and minor spillage, but the cooperative system works remarkably well overall. Better, most likely, than if the Internet was regulated and managed by state bureaucrats and commercial concerns.