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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Could We Have Had The Internet In The 1960s?

A 1964 Experiment Almost Created the Internet But the Company behind It Pulled the Plug

Sean Kane | May 3, 2016

During the 1960s, AT&T's Bell Labs developed a video-calling platform known as the Picturephone.
In doing so, the company almost invented the internet. But after a few seemingly insurmountable struggles, it decided to end what was then the best hope of a world wide web.
The story begins with video calling, which is a lot older than you may think. The first patent was filed in Germany in 1932 by Dr. Goerg Schubert.

"At the 1964 World's Fair, a phone call to the future." Source:


<more at; related articles and links: (The Videophone Turns 50: The Historic Failure That Everybody Wanted. April 20, 2014) and (Western Electric Picturephone® (Video Phone). Ahead of it's time - Another Bell Labs innovation! 2015)>

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