"There's something obvious to anyone close to technology today:
Nonproprietary technology helps proprietary enterprise.
"For example, the global positioning system was set free for
commercial development by Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. The
consequence was an explosion of commercial technologies building
upon GPS. The National Weather Service makes a vast amount of this
data freely available. Literally thousands of enterprises use these
data for commercial and noncommercial purposes. The U.S. government
makes GPS-spawned mapping data available as well. That's why
MapQuest can happen easily in the U.S., but only much more slowly
in the rest of the world..."