Mike Jensen: Good evening ladies and gentleman. I’m really sorry I couldn’t be here in person this evening, but unfortunately circumstances are against me. However I am deeply honored to be part of this year’s inductees into the Internet Hall of Fame and the twenty‐fifth anniversary of the Internet Society, an organization that has done so much to further the goals of an open and broadly‐available Internet. I think we have a long way to go still. We only have about about half the population connected in the world. So I hope it doesn’t take another twenty‐five years for the rest of the world to be connected, but I’m very excited about the new technology development and the new strategies that are emerging to bridge the digital divide.
In accepting this award I’d really like to voice my deep appreciation and support for the work that I’ve done from my families, my friends, and my colleagues around the world who put up with my almost constant travel and tinkering with various computer systems over the years. So please accept my humble gratitude for this award, and I look forward to continuing with our efforts to extend the Internet to everyone on the planet. I thank you.