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AT&T Could Have Bought the Internet in 1971

pigrabbitbear (2519384) writes | more than 2 years ago

The Internet 2

pigrabbitbear writes "Recent victories over Hollywood’s Stop Online Piracy Act have reinvigorated the fight against a corporate takeover of the internet. But throughout this ongoing crusade to keep the ’net democratic and free, one might ask: how did it even get that way in the first place? A big part of it has to do with the fact that in 1971, AT&T decided not to buy it."
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Concentration of power is never a good thing (1)

schwit1 (797399) | more than 2 years ago | (#38725710)

In communications, finance or government.

ArpaNet, not Internet (1)

justforgetme (1814588) | more than 2 years ago | (#38727300)

Having read about this in the summer, AT&T was at some point interested in using/purchasing the Arpanet. Now While technically at that point the Arpanet was the biggest computer network it doesn't mean that AT&T would have ended up with the Internet. One key factor that catalyzed the connection of other networks and the formation of the Internet was the fact that there was no central corporate authority governing the Arpanet. Chances are some other network would comprise the Internet in the USA if that had happened.

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