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1999

WiFi

WiFi

1999

In 1999, the growing IEEE 802.11b short-range radio networking standard is rebranded “Wi-Fi” by the Wi-Fi Alliance. This is the same year Apple releases its AirPort Wi-Fi router and builds Wi-Fi connectivity into new Macs. These and other consumer products help popularize cable-free connections at work, in cafes, and at home.

Apple airport, a white wifi base shaped like a flattened tear drop
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2006

Return to the “cloud”

Return to the "cloud"

2006

In the 1960s when computers were extremely expensive, a number of companies offered computer utilities, running programs and storing your data on their computer, which you would access with a terminal. As time went on cheaper computers made it more economical for companies and eventually individuals to maintain their own workstations and PCs. But in the Web era, the evolving economies of scale from large commercial Web servers tipped the balance back the other way.

In the 1960s when computers were extremely expensive, a number of companies offered computer utilities, running programs and storing your data on their computer, which you would access with a terminal. As time went on cheaper computers made it more economical for companies and eventually individuals to maintain their own workstations and PCs. But in the Web era, the evolving economies of scale from large commercial Web servers tipped the balance back the other way.

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2004

Web 2.0

Web 2.0

2004

From the early 2000s a number of sites help users generate and shape content: wikis, blogs, social networking sites, and more. Photo and video sharing sites take advantage of the spread of faster Internet connections to let users both upload and browse. O’Reilly and Associates popularizes the term for this trend “Web 2.0” with their 2004 conference of that name.

From the early 2000s a number of sites help users generate and shape content: wikis, blogs, social networking sites, and more. Photo and video sharing sites take advantage of the spread of faster Internet connections to let users both upload and browse. O’Reilly and Associates popularizes the term for this trend “Web 2.0” with their 2004 conference of that name.

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2009

Mobile Web hits the Mass Market

Mobile Web hits the Mass Market

2009

By the late 2000s, 3G networks for higher speed mobile data grow quickly. The iPhone’s phenomenal popularity creates a new computing platform that brings mobile Web browsing to a large audience. Google’s Android mobile platform soon makes that audience even larger.

By the late 2000s, 3G networks for higher speed mobile data grow quickly. The iPhone’s phenomenal popularity creates a new computing platform that brings mobile Web browsing to a large audience. Google’s Android mobile platform soon makes that audience even larger.

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1986

NSFNET forms

NSFNET forms

1986

The National Science Foundation forms the NSFNET, linking five supercomputer centers in a major boost for U.S. Internet protocols (TCP/IP). The NSFNET is a major factor in helping Internet protocols win out over rival protocols like OSI, SNA, and DECNET.

The National Science Foundation forms the NSFNET, linking five supercomputer centers in a major boost for U.S. Internet protocols (TCP/IP). The NSFNET is a major factor in helping Internet protocols win out over rival protocols like OSI, SNA, and DECNET.

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1994

NSFNET

NSFNET

1994

The NSFNET internet backbone is upgraded to 155 Mbps as traffic passes 10 trillion bytes per month.

The NSFNET internet backbone is upgraded to 155 Mbps as traffic passes 10 trillion bytes per month.

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1993

Al Gore awarded Cisco Circle Award

Al Gore awarded Cisco Circle Award

1993

Cisco Systems awards the first annual Cisco Circle Award to Vice President Albert Gore in recognition of his visionary leadership in building global awareness of computer networking through the National Information Highway Initiative.

Cisco Systems awards the first annual Cisco Circle Award to Vice President Albert Gore in recognition of his visionary leadership in building global awareness of computer networking through the National Information Highway Initiative.

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1990

World Wide Web

World Wide Web

1990

The roots of the Internet go back to 1969, but in 1990 Tim Berner Lee prototypes “WorldWideWeb” in just three months on a NeXT computer. It features a server, HTML, URLs, and the first browser.

The roots of the Internet go back to 1969, but in 1990 Tim Berner Lee prototypes “WorldWideWeb” in just three months on a NeXT computer. It features a server, HTML, URLs, and the first browser.

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1987

First INTEROP

First INTEROP

1987

The industry gains momentum and credibility with the establishment of the first TCP/IP Interoperability conference in March 1987, establishing an official forum for vendors to test the compatibility of their products. The conference name changes to INTEROP the following year.

The industry gains momentum and credibility with the establishment of the first TCP/IP Interoperability conference in March 1987, establishing an official forum for vendors to test the compatibility of their products. The conference name changes to INTEROP the following year.

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1986

Internet Engineering Task Force founded

Internet Engineering Task Force founded

1986

Cisco works with the introduction of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The IETF is an international community of network designers, operators, vendors and researchers concerned with the evolution and operation of Internet architecture.

Cisco works with the introduction of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The IETF is an international community of network designers, operators, vendors and researchers concerned with the evolution and operation of Internet architecture.