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Timesharing, the concept of linking a large numbers of users to a single computer via remote terminals, is developed at MIT in the late 50s and early 60s.

1962: Paul Baran of RAND develops the idea of distributed, packet-switching networks.

ARPANET goes online in 1969.

Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf develop the basic ideas of the Internet in 1973.

In 1974 BBN opens the first public packet-switched network - Telenet.

A UUCP link between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University establishes USENET in 1979. The first MUD is also developed in 1979, at the University of Essex.

TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol) is established as the standard for ARPANET in 1982.

1987: the number of network hosts breaks 10,000.

1989: the number of hosts breaks 100,000.

Tim Berners-Lee develops the World Wide Web. CERN releases the first Web server in 1991.

1992: the number of hosts breaks 1,000,000.

The World Wide Web sports a growth rate of 341,634% in service traffic in its third year, 1993.

The main U.S. Internet backbone traffic begins routing through commercial providers as NSFNET reverts to a research network in 1994.

The Internet 1996 World Exposition is the first World's Fair to be held on the internet.


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