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Re: NSF and the Birth of the Internet
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 09:01:39 -0400

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From: Miles Fidelman <mfidelman () meetinghouse net>
Date: August 19, 2008 8:49:15 AM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Subject: Re: [IP] Re:   NSF and the Birth of the Internet


I was somewhat surprised by the omission of CSnet - given that NSF funded it (and even more surprising given the involvement of some guy named Farber).


Overall, the maps in the NSF site sort of jumped from ARPANET to NSFnet, without mentioning a few key intermediate dates:

1983: ARPANET conversion to TCP/IP (arguably, there was no Internet before IP), followed by,

1983: ARPANET-MILNET split (I think this defines the "birth" of the Internet)

????: First LAN connected to the ARPANET

????: CSnet linked to the ARPANET

????: The various supercomputer center networks (JVNCnet, et. al.) - again NSF funded, so surprising by their omission

Can anybody fill in dates and details?

Miles Fidelman

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In practice, there is.   .... Yogi Berra

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