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    Whoopsie – BT Openreach Advert Claims UK Invented the Internet

    This is a discussion on Whoopsie – BT Openreach Advert Claims UK Invented the Internet within the General Computing and Internet forums, part of the Community channel category; Whoopsie - BT Openreach Advert Claims UK Invented the Internet - ISPreview UK Most people with IT knowledge know that ...

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      Whoopsie – BT Openreach Advert Claims UK Invented the Internet

      Whoopsie - BT Openreach Advert Claims UK Invented the Internet - ISPreview UK
      Most people with IT knowledge know that the Internet stemmed from a 1960’s project in the United States (ARPANET), but apparently nobody told BTOpenreach (you know.. that company responsible for phone and Internet services) after one of their adverts hailed the UK as the “country that invented the internet“. Oops.

      In fairness it could perhaps be argued that some of the founding ideas behind how the Internet works were actually built on a combination of technologies, some of which did come from the United Kingdom (Alan Turing anybody?). But that’s also true of oh so many other things and isn’t how we gauge the creation of a new invention.

      Equally British folk can feel some comfort from the knowledge that we did have a positive input further down the line. For example, Sir Tim Berners-Lee famously gave us the web (HTTP) protocol that helped to make the Internet what it is today (admittedly he was working for CERN at the time) and perhaps this is where BT got their wires crossed.

      A BT Spokesperson said (BBC):

      For most people, the words ‘internet’ and ‘world wide web’ are interchangeable,” said a spokesman for the firm. We accept the language wasn’t precise enough for some, but no harm has been done.”
      The advertisement itself appears to have been some sort of full page print, although it’s not clear if the promotion appeared in a magazine, newspaper or as an independent poster. In next week’s news, Virgin Media will claim to have invented cables.

      Mind you we did kind of, sort of.. you know, colonise North America so doesn’t that.. um never mind.


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      Re: Whoopsie – BT Openreach Advert Claims UK Invented the Internet

      Ha! Everyone knows that the French/Spanish/Japanese/Chinese/Russians/Germans/Zimbabweians etc invented the internet.

     

     

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