A Thank-You to the World’s Network Operators

This week, we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. In addition to giving thanks for our many blessings, we want to send a big thank you to the people who, through their ingenuity, hard work and use of sophisticated technologies (including some of ours), make our lives better and bring the rest of the world closer. Appropriately, we’re sending this shout-out via the Internet.


Thank you for connecting us via video or phone chat with loved ones near and far.

Thank you for revealing the world’s wonders to everyone with an internet connection.

Thank you for delivering Thanksgiving football games to our TVs and smartphones.

Thank you for making it possible to place a last-minute order for cranberry sauce and receive it without stepping outside.

Thank you for bringing us breaking news from around the world.

Thank you for allowing us to enjoy a little holiday cheer with friends and order a rideshare service to get us home safely.

Thank you for enabling us to adjust the home thermostat from a phone so the house is warm when we get there.

Thank you for making it easy to send financial support to organizations that help those who aren’t so lucky to have a roof over their head.

Thank you for the convenience of being able to pay our bills without licking a stamp.

Thank you for letting us hold virtual meetings with colleagues around the world with the click of a mouse.

Thank you for helping to keep our families safe by allowing us to monitor our homes from afar.

Thank you for allowing us to watch our favorite TV shows and movies whenever and wherever we want.

Thank you for providing today’s forecast and warning us when severe weather is approaching.

Thank you for enabling us to send a text, instant message or email to anyone in the world, anytime.

Thank you for bringing us YouTube cat videos.

Thank you for helping us to stay connected with communities of friends, professional acquaintances, and people with common interests and like minds.

Thank you for showing the fastest route to our destination.

Thank you for letting us enjoy our choice of music wherever we go.

Thank you for delivering the answer to any question in an instant.

Thank you for making it possible to book an international vacation without leaving the couch.

Thank you for sending alerts about people in danger so collectively we can look out for them.

Thank you for enabling us to share our passions and creativity with the world.

Thank you for continuing to innovate, keeping us connected to the people and things in the world around us.

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”  – Albert Einstein