The following from Wired was enough to make me want to stand and cheer.
Effective with this sentence, Wired News will no longer capitalize the "I" in internet.
At the same time, Web becomes web and Net becomes net.
Why? The simple answer is because there is no earthly reason to capitalize any of these words. Actually, there never was.
True believers are fond of capitalizing words, whether they be marketers or political junkies or, in this case, techies. If It's Capitalized, It Must Be Important. In German, where all nouns are capitalized, it makes sense. It makes no sense in English. So until we become Die Wired Nachrichten, we'll just follow customary English-language usage. (Web will continue to be capitalized when part of the more official entity, World Wide Web.)
In fact ai may stop typing long enough to deliver a brief, one-man standing ovation. Having worked on the web as a writer, editor, and now blogmaster, for the past few years the business of capitalizing "internet" and "web" never made sense to me and was enough to nearly drive me around the bend. However most of the time I went ahead and capitalized the words in my work when it was required. It was a matter of picking my battles.
But no more. If Wired is finally making a stand, then I shall stand with them. It might have made sense to capitalize the two when they were relatively new mediums. But I've been on the web for over 10 years now, as have a lot of other people. I've been emailing for even longer. So, even though people are only just beginning to understand the potential uses of the internet and the web, they aren't new anymore. The Internet is just the internet, and the Web is just the web.