When was the Internet Invented?

When was the Internet Invented?

The internet has become a global space that has become a part of our daily lives. The internet offers a variety of information and communication services but have you wondered when the internet was invented? or who invented the internet?

Invention of the Internet

Information theory gave birth to the development of the internet. Information theory was developed by Harry Nyquist and Ralph Hartley in the 1920s.

In the early 60s, the conception of the internet was championed by the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Project Agency.

Initially a small network (ARPANET) was developed to facilitate the sharing of super-computers amongst researchers in the United States.

In the following years talks were held concerning how this network could be integrated into the cooperate world.

The first hosts of the ARPANET was created in 1969 and it connected Stanford Research Institute, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and the University of Utah.

The first popular application of the ARPANET was the introduction of E-mail which was originally designed to enable scientist access remote computers and share data.

By 1971 the ARPANET had grown into a network that had 23 hosts and connected various government research centres and universities in the US.

A body known as the InterNetworking Working Group became the first to set entities which were going to govern the growing network. It had its first chairman, Vinton Cerf who went on to became known as the father of the internet.

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The ARPANET was made international upon its connection to the University College in London and the Norwegian Royal Radar Establishment.
In 1981 ARPANET was developed to have 213 hosts.

At that time a new host was added about once in every 20 days. Within 1982 and 1987 Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf were key members in the creation of the TCP/IP which is the common language of all computers connected to the internet.

By the 1990s the internet had become an essential tool for communications all over the globe with approximately over 1 billion hosts today.

So when was the Internet Invented? 

Due to the various advances and improvements made in time to the present day internet we patronize, it it believed that the internet was invented in 1969.

Who invented the internet? 

Computer scientists Vinton Cerf and Bob Kahn are credited with developing the current Internet communication protocols and the Internet infrastructure.

Who Owns the Internet? 

In reality, nobody owns the Internet, and no single person or organization has complete control over it.


Information theory was developed by Harry Nyquist and Ralph Hartley in the 1920s. Then the conception of the internet was established in the early 60s.

Initially a small network (ARPANET) was developed to facilitate the sharing of super-computers.

By the 1990s, the Internet had become an indispensable instrument for global communication. Till date the internet is now widely used and has become part of our daily lives.

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