Originally posted to DE-CIX

The public Internet has come a long way from the days of screeching modems and making a cup of coffee while the web page loads. DE-CIX has been there since those early days, and has worked together with network partners around the world to optimize traffic flows and make the Internet a better place to do business.

For users today, the Internet is ubiquitous, wireless, it’s easy to use, accessible while you’re on the move, and it delivers the information and the content we want almost instantaneously. But it hasn’t always been like that. In order to remember just how far we’ve come in the last 25 years, let’s take a trip back in time to the beginnings of the commercial Internet, in the mid-nineties – a time when the Internet was none of the above.

What was landline again?

In the beginning, there was the landline telephone. Sound, transformed into electrical current, was sent down copper wires, and out into the world. This meant that the early Internet was a noisy place. It had to be, to get the message through. Screeches, squeaks and white noise told the early Internet user that they were connecting.

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