"our own internets". all them old garbage puters can still connect with each other. sure, it's all "nice" and "fun" to be able to do all this fancy-schmancy stuff all over the internet, but in order to do that, one leaves oneself wide open for all the crap that "malicious script kiddies"[aka/to include, mainstream hard/software developers(*cough*micro$oft*cough*)] want to throw at you! (TOASt: Turn Off All Scripting!) let's see; we'll need to figure out how to build the facilities to get sats up. that's prolly gonna be a step or fourteen, tho. we'll need better understanding of the physics under the electronics. of course, even with "just" the electronics knowledge we can start building all sorts of things. getting down to an understanding of the physics, we might even come up with all sorts of new components! but we can get started using the "table scraps" that are being collected, refurbished and shipped off to "developing/third world countries. (one such facility is interconnection.org; i'm sure that there are many many others) (also, there seems to be a rather extensive inventory of fairly interesting hardware floating around with our Brothers and Sisters who are "casualties of the chemical warfare[drugs]" that just seems to keep falling into our neighborhoods. a "collection point/recovery" program that "borrows" the gear for a short time while it is used to teach the tech, maybe?) intermediately, we could go wireless: APs on/in cars, backpacks (personal area networks), neighborhoods (wireless community networks). of course, getting a grip on WPA, encryption, coding and hardware are gonna be important, too. yeah, and "power generation" as well: i reckon that there might be one or two chunks of land with fast enough rivers around this planet that are owned by Africans? "off the grid" internetting! just takes a little thought ... know any Brothers or Sisters that might be able/down for that?