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By William Aspray, Paul E. Ceruzzi

ISBN-10: 0262012405

ISBN-13: 9780262012409

The influence of a commercialized web on American enterprise, from the increase in e-commerce and changes by means of bricks-and-mortar companies to file-sharing and neighborhood construction.

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62 According to an account of this transfer published by the legal community, ‘‘The origins of NSI are unclear. NSI’s public documents state that NSI was founded in 1979. ’’63 Two years later, the San Diego–based defense contractor Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) bought NSI; soon after that, the company renegotiated its contract with the NSF to allow it to charge an annual fee for domain name registration. As dotcom addresses became valuable commodities, this change in policy suddenly made NSI a valuable company indeed.

67 To summarize, they were: Several high-speed backbones run by commercial entities (in the late 1990s these included UUNet, ANS, Sprint, BBN, and MCI; some of these merged or later spun off subsidiaries). n The gradual replacement of the nonprofit regional networks by ISPs, including several that were dominant: AOL, CompuServe, Microsoft, Earthlink, Netzero, and AT&T. n Below that level, the widespread adoption of Ethernet as a high-speed local network to link workstations and personal computers.

It ended up as a part of MCI (for a while WorldCom; after 2006 Verizon). The primary beneficiary of all this activity was MCI. ’’46 It may still be, even with all the turmoil those companies have gone through since 1995. UUNet never bought the rights to name a sports stadium, but today the MCI division of Verizon in Ashburn, Virginia, is located on UUNet Drive. In 1991, PSINet, UUNet, and other commercial providers agreed to set up a connection among one another, in effect creating a network independent of the NSF and not subject to government restrictions.

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