CHAPTER6

Evolution

We saw ourselves in the center of the universe, enabling a way to allow everybody to communicate ...

—Sandy Trevor, CompuServe Chef Technical Officer

The Information Superhighway—composed of both packet-switched and circuit-switched networks—was growing. Telenet and Tymnet expanded through new nodes and international links. Regional data networks like ALASKA/NET and ConnNet were also in the mix. In Canada, Bell Canada and Northern Telecom operated Datapac. These data networks carried traffic for time-sharing services, banking and other transaction networks, airline reservation systems, and the growing number of information retrieval or database services. They also provided links for corporate WANs and remote access of mainframes ...

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