Sketch of programmer at desk. Illustration: Steve Alvey, Michigan Engineering.

How the Net Was Won

The ARPANET came before it. And the World Wide Web and browser technology would later make it accessible for the masses. But in between, a small Ann Arbor-based group labored on the NSFNET in relative obscurity to build—and ultimately to save—the Internet.

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