Four decades ago -- on September 2, 1969, to be precise -- Leonard Kleinrock and a handful of associates began tests on what was soon to become the Internet. About forty people gathered in Kleinrock's lab at the University of California, Los Angeles to observe two bulky computer s fifteen feet apart send test data to each other across a gray cable.
That was the humble beginning of what was originally called the 'Arpanet' network -- a government-supported data network that would use the technology which by then had come to be known as "packet switching."
Soon, the Stanford Research Institute, UC Santa Barbara and the University of Utah joined UCLA -- and the rest, as they say, is history"
In short order, TCP/IP communications protocols, which allowed multiple networks to connect, led to the formation of what then came to be known as the Internet, and shortly thereafter, a unique addressing system, using suffixes like the famous long ago "dotcom" came into widespread use. But the Internet as such really didn't take off until the '90s, when Tim Berners-Lee invented its World Wide Web subset to facilitate linking.