30 years of the World Broad Net

The yr was 1991.

Celebrating 30 Years of the World Broad Net



We didn’t comprehend it on the time, however the world, and the best way we stay and work together in it, was about to vary: the World Broad Net was beginning to turn out to be publicly out there for the primary time.


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One look into the 13News Now archives, and it’s clear we had been nonetheless making an attempt to determine what the Net even was and the way it labored again then.

“Again then only a few individuals had the web,” stated Luke Downing.

Downing was simply 12 on the time. Now he runs his personal IT firm, Mode5, in Norfolk. Downing is a lifelong “pc man.”

“The early days had been dial-up web,” stated Downing. “My enterprise associate Matt would tie the cellphone line up 24/7.”

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The dial-up days within the mid- to late-90s are once we actually began to see widespread use of the web, together with the recognizable login chime from America On-line.

“It’s a sound our mother and father actually hated,” stated Downing.

So what’s subsequent, after 30 years of the World Broad Net?

Downing believes blockchain, mostly related to cryptocurrency, is the following massive factor. It has functions he thinks will revolutionize how we stay, work, and play – identical to the web did within the early to mid-90s.

“It’s on the very early levels,” stated Downing. “I believe what we’ll see with blockchain is that proper now feels just like the early 90s.”

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