Arpanet

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Arpanet

The first digital network that utilized packet switching, which is the transmission of data, regardless of content, in manageable chunks called packets. This was a revolutionary technology and ultimately led to the creation of the modern Internet. It was developed in the 1960s by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
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DARPANET had not yet become NSFNET, let alone the Internet, and data exchange protocols were far in the future.
In 1969, this technology, known as "packet switching," was used to link four large mini-computers at separate West Coast universities - and DARPAnet was formed.
Since its beginning as the DARPAnet, a network designed by the Department of Defense and used primarily by engineers and academics, the Internet has recently become something of a phenomenon.