The Backbone

This page provides a single entry point to all the posts in the story of how the world got online.

  1. The Backbone: Introduction
  2. One System, Universal Service?
  3. The Unraveling, Part 1
  4. Discovering Interactivity
  5. Extending Interactivity
  6. The Unraveling, Part 2
  7. ARPANET, Part 1: The Inception
  8. ARPANET, Part 2: The Packet
  9. ARPANET, Part 3: The Subnet
  10. The Computer as a Communication Device
  11. Inter-Networking
  12. The Era of Fragmentation, Part 1: Load Factor
  13. The Era of Fragmentation, Part 2: Sowing the Wasteland
  14. The Era of Fragmentation, Part 3: The Statists