Although it may not receive a lot of fanfare, presents, or even a birthday cake, the Internet as we know it is celebrating its 30th birthday today. On January 1, 1983, the US Department of Defense fully switched its Arpanet network to the Internet protocol suite (IPS) communications system.
Although people may not have realized it at the time, the operational Internet was born as a result of this transition from the older NCP protocol to TCP/IP. Without the switch, the Internet and the World Wide Web as we know them could not have happened. Since then, TCP/IP has become an international standard that underpins the Internet.
As we celebrate the New Year today, don't forget to raise a toast to the Internet. In 30 years, the Internet has managed to transform our lives and connect us to people in relatively inexpensive and immediate ways.
Godfathers of the Internet - Vint Cerf, Robert Kahn, Jon Postel - credit: Google
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