A Brief History of the Internet
An anecdotal history by Walt Howe of the people and communities that brought
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  • An anecdotal history of the people and communities that brought about the Internet and the Web ©2006 Walt Howe (Last updated 7 August 2006) The Internet was the result of some visionary thinking by people in the early 1960s who saw great potential value in allowing computers to share information on research and development in scientific and military fields

  • Leonard Kleinrock of MIT and later UCLA developed the theory of packet switching, which was to form the basis of Internet connections

  • These visionaries and many more left unnamed here are the real founders of the Internet

  • The Internet, then known as ARPANET, was brought online in 1969 under a contract let by the renamed Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) which initially connected four major computers at universities in the southwestern US (UCLA, Stanford Research Institute, UCSB, and the University of Utah)

  • Who was the first to use the Internet? Charley Kline at UCLA sent the first packets on ARPANet as he tried to connect to Stanford Research Institute on Oct 29, 1969

  • The system crashed as he reached the G in LOGIN! The Internet was designed in part to provide a communications network that would work even if some of the sites were destroyed by nuclear attack

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