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What is the precursor of the internet?

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October 26, 2013 2:26PM

In part that depends on what you mean by "precursor" or "invented", because several systems could claim that distinction. Online bulletin board systems, for instance. Or even packet radio, if your definition is a system which allowed people in disparate locations to communicate by typing on a terminal. But most people who remember a time before the Internet consider the answer to "What is the precursor to the Internet?" to be the ARPANET.