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19 10.11

Where the Internet Began

There is an amazing article on Ars Technica today describing the first ICCC conference, where ARPAnet was introduced to the world.

The Internet did not explode onto any scene, it began in fits and starts and took a lot of work by a lot of different people to get it to the point where it was viable. When it first began it had only four nodes. Bolt, Beranek, and Newman invented the IMP, and did a lot of the initial network development.

Funnily enough, the ARPA group that designed the network demonstrated the technology to executives from AT&T at the first ICCC conference, but it would have required a complete paradigm shift within the AT&T organization for them to embrace the new technology. They remained uninterested.

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