Tim Griffith (Your Views, July 25) said American electronics and software companies and not the government — as claimed by President Obama — are responsible for the Internet. Actually, what we know today as the Internet is the result of work conducted by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an arm of the Department of Defense. Several research entities across the world achieved the networking of computers about the same time, but DARPA's flavor, known as ARPANET, achieved the first truly successful internetworking of remote computers. Additionally, the acknowledged “Fathers of Internet” are Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn, both of whom worked for DARPA.
Has the Internet advanced since then? Absolutely, and much credit goes to engineers at the companies Griffith listed. But just because you build a better automatic transmission doesn't mean you invented the automobile.
Mike Barnett, Moore
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