” ARPANET was not the Internet. It was a relatively closed network that was only accessible to an intellectual priesthood. Very few people even knew it existed, much less derived any use from it. It was, in effect, a revolutionary technology waiting for a revolution.
“The Internet, although this has now become a punchline, was largely the brainchild of Al Gore. His father had been involved with creating the interstate highway system and he believed that the computer networks under government control could be used to create an “Information Superhighway.” The Gore Act of 1991 and other legislation made that happen.”