The History Of The Internet

... Internet History Timeline ...

By Dave Kristula, March 1997 / Update: August 2001 / Expansion: 2009
[ 1957-1973 | 1974-1983 | 1984-1990 | 1991-1995 | 1996-Present ]
The "Stealthy" (stelletheeU) Alternate Internet History - We wrote It for Fun for the Prevent The Trace Online Game

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Most Internet traffic is carried by backbones of independent ISPs, including MCI, AT&T, Sprint, UUnet, BBN planet, ANS, and more.

The Internet Society, the group that controls the INTERNET, researches new TCP/IP technology that will be able to have more than the approximately 4.3 billion addresses currently available. The problem that has arisen is that it is not known how both the old and the new addressing systems will be able to work at the same time during a transition period.

Internet2 is established.

(Backbone data below was valid in 1996, please seek other references for current backbone and host data as it is constantly expanded.)

Backbones: 145Mbps (ATM) NSFNET (now private), private interconnected backbones consisting mainly of 56Kbps, 1.544Mbps, 45Mpbs,and 155Mpbs lines, plus satellite and radio connections - Hosts: over 15,000,000, and growing rapidly
The Present and The Future

This timeline ends in 1996 because that is the year I began Internet marketing. It was unethical to write myself into the most popular Internet History. This was years before Wikipedia, as noted below.

I did, however, release an alternate history timeline, that I jokingly call "The Declassified Internet History" for an online game I created that we call Prevent The Trace. You can read our Fictional Internet Timeline, play our game Prevent the Trace, and follow our projects at StelletheeU (The Stellethee Creative Directors).

A new technology recommendation called IPv6 is suggested to replace the current IPv4 technology. IPv4 allows for fewer than 4.3 billion directly connected Internet devices, problematic because the world population (as of 2009) is well over 6.5 billion (theoretically, if ever human had a computer and mobile phone, we'd need 13 billion addresses, which is something IPv6 can easily accomplish).

Near the beginning of 1996, the pair who founded Google began their project. The domain name for was registered in 1997.

In 1999, a wireless technology called 802.11b, more commonly referred to as Wi-Fi, is standardized. Over the years that follow, this technology begins appearing as a built-in feature of portable computers and many handheld devices.

In 2001, Wikipedia began. (It has a more detailed history of the internet.)

As of January 2012,, the site you're on right now, has been visited by over 30 million people. I started this site in high school in 1996 with no experience.

Starting a web site is a lot of fun! Already know what you want to call your web site? See if the name is available to get started. Get lots of information on it and the endings available. Some popular choices are .info and .us. Don't stick to just .com!


(Author's Note: The content of this guide was compiled in 1997. Obviously much has happened since this time. Please seek other resources for newer advancements.)

25th Anniversary of ARPANET
ARPANET and Beyond
How the Internet Came to Be
Hobbes' Internet Timeline v1.3a
Revolution in the U.S. Information Infrastructure
Wikipedia: IPv4 address exhaustion

[ 1957-1973 | 1974-1983 | 1984-1990 | 1991-1995 | 1996-Present ]

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