A mere twenty years had passed since the invention of the ARPANET, but few people remembered it now.For it had become a happy victim of its own overwhelming success.This excited and intrigued many, because it did sound like a theory for an indestructible network.

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Each packet would begin at some specified source node, and end at some other specified destination node.

It would wind its way through the network on an individual basis.

ARPANET’s users had warped the computer-sharing network into a dedicated, high-speed, federally subsidized electronic postal service.

The main traffic was not long-distance computing, but news and personal messages.

The route that the packet took would be unimportant. Basically, the packet would be tossed like a hot potato from node to node, until it ended up in the proper place.

If big pieces of the network had been blown away, that simply wouldn’t matter.

As the ‘70 advanced, other entire networks fell into the digital embrace of this ever-growing web of computers.

Since TCP/IP was public domain, and the basic technology was decentralized and rather anarchic by its very nature, it was difficult to stop people from barging in and linking up.

And how would the network itself be commanded and controlled?