History of Internet


If we look back in the history of internet, we will see that it all started with a visionary thinking in the early 1960s. Some people saw great potential of share information on computers on important subjects as scientific and military fields. In 1962, it was Leonard Kleinrock of MIT who developed the theory of packet switching, which later formed the foundation of Internet connections. In 1965, a California computer was connected to a Massachusetts computer with dial-up telephone lines. This opened up the possibilities of wide area networking but also revealed that the telephone lines were not suitable for the job.

Looking back in the history of internet, we learn that it was known as ARPANET, Advanced Research Projects Agency. In the beginning, four major computers at different universities were interconnected. The first man to send the packets on ARPANet was Charley Kline. The idea that was being developed at that time in the history of internet was to offer a communications network that would work even if some sites were damaged by nuclear attack. Alternate routes would be used by the routers in case the direct route was not available.

The history of internet reveals some of the early users of internet to be librarians, computer experts, scientists and engineers. In 1972, email was adapted for ARPANET by Ray Tomlinson, who picked the @ symbol. It was only in the late seventies that the internet matured. Bob Kahn at BBN first proposed the TCP/IP architecture, which was later adapted by the Defense Department in 1980. The Unix to Unix Copy Protocol was created in 1978 at Bell Labs, followed by Usenet in 1979.

It became a lot simpler for non-technical people to o use the web with the commands for e-mail, FTP, and telnet getting standardized. Although the number of sites was very small during this time, more and more people were connecting and sharing information with each other. One of the first commercial online service to offer Internet access to its subscribers was Delphi in July 1992.

With the having grown speedily in the past decade, it is common to see consumers searching for the wi-fi "hot spots" to connect to internet while commuting or from anywhere. The battle for getting dominance in Wi-Fi is both economic and political in the world today.

We hope you found the brief history of internet both useful and informative.