Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 20:17 UTC
Internet & Networking "It's an urban legend that the government launched the Internet. The myth is that the Pentagon created the Internet to keep its communications lines up even in a nuclear strike. The truth is a more interesting story about how innovation happens - and about how hard it is to build successful technology companies even once the government gets out of the way."
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NSF funding helped a lot
by AndrewZ on Tue 24th Jul 2012 15:51 UTC
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I worked at the National Science Foundation in the 80's. At that time there was a grant to create these fuzzball / IMPs with routing capability. The work was done by David Mills. This was to add functionality to existing store and forward capability in an academic subnet. As far as I know, these were the first internet routers.

http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=52325.52337

And no, I don't think Xerox had much to do with the internet.

Edited 2012-07-24 15:53 UTC

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