FCC and Congress to Upgrade Internet Speeds in America: Bridging the Gap

You have to first know where something started and where it has been in order to know where it is going. A brief overview of the inception and early history of the internet.

I’ve discussed the history of the internet with a few people over the past week or so to get an idea of where people stand on knowing details of the very instrument that has changed life as we once knew it. I did this to know which direction to take this series regarding the upgrade of internet speeds by the FCC and Congress. More times than not people thought the internet was an advancement of the 1980’s-1990’s. There were of course a few exceptions stating maybe possibly as early as the 1960’s.

While advancements leading up to the development of the internet were started in the 1950’s, it wouldn’t be until 1969 that the first message would be sent via the internet. At the time of its inception the internet was to serve government research laboratories; and for almost twenty years (17 to be precise), it served its sole purpose exclusively. It wouldn’t be until the 1980’s that research would lead to the development of linking hypertext which would eventually become known as the World Wide Web. 

The Beginning Of The Internet As We Know It Today And The End Of Life As We Knew It Then

In the early 80’s funding was secured to take and provide the internet on a larger scale. This would be accomplished by providing access to it at universities and educational organizations. However, it took until 1986 to actually see that goal come to fruition. While there were limitations in place the late 1980’s and early 1990’s brought the uniting of commercialism and internet usage. The limitations were in place due to the protocols of the founding networks. 

The last of the founding networks (NSFNET) was decommissioned in 1995 which removed the last remaining restrictions. These restrictions were due to the protocols NSFNET had in place during the course of its commission. Once these restrictions were removed there was no longer any regulation on the internet or what it could be used for; thus marking a pivotal turning point for the internet and life as we knew it. 

Getting to the nitty-gritty of this series

In Friday’s article we will delve deeper into the advancements that have taken place since the internet became a public access resource (in the 1990’s) and what advancements are to come.

A quick glance at the history of how the internet has changed our world.

Part 3 of 6 Re: FCC; Congresses Role; and what this means for the future of the internet, internet services (availability and options) and service providers; the changing face of technology.

Written By: Crystal Lori-Ann Winkelman (June 2019)

References and further reading material…..

https://www.fcc.gov/about-fcc/fcc-initiatives/bridging-digital-divide-all-americans

https://www.internetworldstats.com/emarketing.htm

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Internet

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