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Celebrating Internet Day

by Liza Meak

Cisco plays a major role in the history of the internet

Cisco plays a major role in the history of the internet.

Can you imagine a world without the internet? Without it, how would you easily search for a dinner recipe, get directions, or perhaps most important, connect with people all over the world?

Today we celebrate Internet Day— 49 years ago today – two California men, one at UCLA and one at Stanford University, sent the first message between two computers. It was far from a complicated message, just two letters ‘L' and ‘O', but it was the first step in what would revolutionize the way we live, work, and play. Cisco has played a crucial role in the history of the internet. In the 1980s, Cisco developed the routers and switches that power the world wide web. 

Fast forward to 2018 and so much has changed and will continue to accelerate. According to Cisco's Visual Networking Index (VNI), by 2021, internet usage is expected to increase from 3.3 to 4.6 billion. That's 58 percent of the global population, and not surprising more and more people are expected to use their mobile devices to connect to the internet.

Not only that, people and organizations are harnessing the internet for good. Cisco has long been dedicated to using tech for social responsibility. When disaster strikes, communication is paramount. Cisco's Tactical Operations (TacOps) team can help establish emergency networks for first responders and relief organizations.  Most recently, Cisco TacOps deployed to Florida to help with relief efforts after Hurricane Michael.

See also: Cisco's relief effort with Hurricane Florence

It's remarkable to see how much has changed in nearly 50 years and at Cisco we're just getting started. We may not know what the future holds, but there is no doubt Cisco will be at the heart of the technology to make the impossible possible.

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