History of the Internet

This section is a summary of some of the material contained in Hobbes' Internet Timeline and also contains sources from Pros Online - Internet History, What is the Internet? and History of Internet and WWW : View from Internet Valley and a variety of text books. Consult these source for more detailed information.

1836
-- Telegraph. Cooke and Wheatstone patent it. Why is this relevant?

1858-1866
-- Transatlantic cable. Allowed direct instantaneous communication across the atlantic. Why is this relevant?

1876
-- Telephone. Alexander Graham Bell Exhibits.

Why is this relevant?

1957
-- USSR launches Sputnik, first artificial earth satellite. Why is this relevant?

1962 - 1968
-- Packet-switching (PS) networks developed Why is this relevant?

1969
-- Birth of Internet

ARPANET commissioned by DoD for research into networking

Why is this relevant?

1971

1972
-- Computers can connect more freely and easily

1973
-- Global Networking becomes a reality

1974
-- Packets become mode of transfer

1976
-- Networking comes to many

1977
-- E-mail takes off, Internet becomes a reality

1979
-- News Groups born

1979 (Cont)
    

1981
-- Things start to come together

1982
-- TCP/IP defines future communication

1982 (Cont)
     

1983
-- Internet gets bigger

1983 (Cont)
     

1984
-- Growth of Internet Continues

1986
-- Power of Internet Realised

1987
-- Commercialisation of Internet Born

1988
     

1989
-- Large growth in Internet

1990
-- Expansion of Internet continues

1991
-- Modernisation Begins

1991 (cont)
-- Friendly User Interface to WWW established

1991 (cont)
-- Most Important development to date

1992
-- Multimedia changes the face of the Internet

1993
-- The WWW Revolution truly begins

1994
-- Commercialisation begins

1995
-- Commercialisation continues apace

1996
-- Microsoft enter

1997
-- What Next?



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