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[ih] ARPANet anniversary

dave, if you want to celebrate packet switching specifically i have no  
problem but I think equating Internet with packet switching is a  
disservice in several dimensions.

I fails to attend to the many packet switched networks that drove the  
need for Internet (TCP/IP) and it also fails to acknowledge that the  
particular form  that packet switching took in TCP/IP allowed for a  
plethora of diverse packet switched networks to be interconnected.  
That would not have happened if we had stayed on the ARPANET, Telenet,  
BBN X.25 path, as Jack Haverty points out.


On Nov 2, 2009, at 2:55 PM, Dave CROCKER wrote:

> Noel Chiappa wrote:
>> Call me picky, but I do like to differentiate between 'the  
>> Internet' and 'the
>> global communcation/information catenetwork'. The birth of the  
>> ARPAnet is, I
>> think, the birth of the latter, but to me, not the Internet. (I.e.  
>> the entity
>> which speaks TCP/IP
> Worthy technical distinctions, and important enhancements, but they  
> do not represent paradigmatic changes, in global, historical terms.
> The introduction of packet switching fundamentally changed the  
> economics of wide-area data communication and the original user  
> services (applications) created during the Arpanet have remained in  
> continuous and important operation into today's Internet.
> From the perspective of the mass media, it makes far more sense to  
> use this initial demonstration of the Arpanet as the start of the  
> Internet, than does a reliance on TCP/IP.
> IMO.
> d/
> -- 
>  Dave Crocker
>  Brandenburg InternetWorking
>  bbiw.net