The Internet was originally a project the United States government developed to create a network that could automatically reroute pathways and keep critical facilities in communication even if a large part of the network was physically destroyed. The usefulness was immediately recognized and extended to researchers and educational institutions. The Internet first became publicly available to universities and researchers outside of government programs in 1991.
Widespread public accessibility to the Internet followed in the years afterwards. It is hard to isolate a single date since there were many instances where the public was accessing the Read the rest of this entry »