Internet Turns 40 With Slew of Milestones

With the 8th anniversary of the September 11th World Trade Center tragedy nearing, many people have overlooked the 40th anniversary of the official creation of the Internet (or its predecessor, ARPANET) on Sept. 2.

The Internet’s initial intent was “to openly and freely exchange information among scientists and engineers.” According to Wikipedia, the opening of the network to commercial interests began in 1988. The U.S. Federal Networking Council approved the interconnection of the NSFNET to the commercial MCI Mail system in that year and the link was made in the summer of 1989. Other commercial electronic e-mail services were soon connected, including OnTyme, Telemail and Compuserve. In that same year, three commercial Internet service providers (ISPs) were created: UUNET, PSINet and CERFNET.

Over the years, the Internet has achieved some rather momentous milestones, some good, some not so good:

>> Today, an estimated quarter of Earth’s population uses the services of the Internet.

>> Internet users in the United States watched 21.4 billion videos in July, and the average online video viewer watched 8.3 hours of video.

>> Electronic Arts’ Battlefield 1943 video-game players had killed more than 43 million enemies in just one week.

>> Google said it now lists 330,000 Websites as being malicious, more than double the150,000 a year ago.

With the 8th anniversary of the September 11th World Trade Center tragedy nearing, many people have overlooked the 40th anniversary of the official creation of the Internet (or its predecessor, ARPANET) on Sept. 2.

The Internet’s initial intent was “to openly and freely exchange information among scientists and engineers.” According to Wikipedia, the opening of the network to commercial interests began in 1988. The U.S. Federal Networking Council approved the interconnection of the NSFNET to the commercial MCI Mail system in that year and the link was made in the summer of 1989. Other commercial electronic e-mail services were soon connected, including OnTyme, Telemail and Compuserve. In that same year, three commercial Internet service providers (ISPs) were created: UUNET, PSINet and CERFNET.

Over the years, the Internet has achieved some rather momentous milestones, some good, some not so good:

>> Today, an estimated quarter of Earth’s population uses the services of the Internet.

>> Internet users in the United States watched 21.4 billion videos in July, and the average online video viewer watched 8.3 hours of video.

>> Electronic Arts’ Battlefield 1943 video-game players had killed more than 43 million enemies in just one week.

>> Google said it now lists 330,000 Websites as being malicious, more than double the150,000 a year ago.

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