The Internet
The Internet

In the early 1960s the military became enamored with the idea of creating a communications system that did not rely on a central interchange vulnerable to attack - think of a telephone operator's room.

So with the help of a handful of leading universities and other labs, work began on a project to directly link a number of computers. In 1969, with Defense Department money, the first node of this network was installed on the campus of UCLA. The ARPANET, as it was called, was a fore bearer of the internet.

Over the next two decades the project expanded, with the universities and the National Science Foundation developing complementary networks.

"In 1989, the ARPANET was formally ended," reads a fact sheet from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which developed APPANET. "But the larger Internet it had given birth to was just beginning."

Last updated October 20 2011: 4:09 PM ET
Join the Conversation
Most Popular

Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2018 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2018. All rights reserved. Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. All content of the Dow Jones branded indices © S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 2018 and/or its affiliates.