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ARPANET Historical Marker

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The ARPANET Historical marker is located in the Rosslyn section of Arlington, Virginia. It was erected in 2008 by Arlington county and sits in front of 1708-1077 North Oak Street. This building is where Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) once resided when they created the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET)[1]. The plaque is to commemorate the development of the world's first interconnected network of computers.[2]

Plaque Inscription      [edit]

 The plaque reads:

·        ·       "The ARPANET, a project of the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Defense, developed the technology that became the foundation for the internet at this site from 1970 to 1975. Originally intended to support military needs, ARPANET technology was soon applied to civilian uses, allowing information to be rapidly and widely available. The Internet, and services such as e-mail, e-commerce and the worldwide web, continues to grow as the under-lying technologies evolve. The innovations inspired by the ARPANET have provided great benefits for society."

·        ·        There is a binary code on one side at the bottom that reads: 0100000101010010010100000100. Which in binary translates to ARPANET in all capitalized letters.[3][4]

Actual Plaque[edit]

Controversy Over the Birthplace: where did it start?[edit]

The ARPANET was conceived in Arlington, but t the first message sent over was from UCLA in California.[5] In 1969 a small network of academic computers was interconnected (the precursor to the internet).


  1. "ARPANET". Read the Plaque. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  2. "Arlington Honors the Creators of the Internet". Clarendon-Courthouse-Rosslyn, VA Patch. 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  3. "ARPANET Historical Marker". Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  4. "Al Gore Didn't Invent the Internet. These Guys Did". Arlington Magazine. 2017-12-04. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  5. Sullivan, Mark (2019-10-29). "50 years ago today, the internet was born in Room 3420". Fast Company. Retrieved 2020-03-03.

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