Re: an entirely new network?
"Really, I'd be on board with someone building an entirely new network,"
Been watching Silicon Valley, have you? I think it paints a pretty accurate picture. There will never be a "new" Internet any more than there'll be a "new" road system
It seems it's the World Wide Web that's gone downhill. Like a failing Mall - or more like a huge Mega Global Hypermarket, which sounded really exciting when you first heard they were building one in your town, but after initial Wow! died down, you realised it was chock full of dour sales assistants named Manny or Chuck that followed you round at your shoulder all the time either in case you stole something or trying to suggest things you might like to buy, and you were never sure which. To add injury to insult, you caught something in their poorly cleaned lavs.
Maybe, if there's a not-http protocol, and we could convince the useful bit of the current web to move there and ban any base commerce.
Financing might be a problem though, it might have to be scaled way back and peer to peer.
If it's got no images, only text, the ad slingers will be harder pressed in infiltrate it.