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   Date       Hosts      |    Date       Hosts     Networks    Domains

   -----    ---------    +    -----    ---------   --------    -------

    1969            4    |    07/89      130,000        650      3,900

   04/71           23    |    10/89      159,000        837

   06/74           62    |    10/90      313,000      2,063      9,300

   03/77          111    |    01/91      376,000      2,338

   08/81          213    |    07/91      535,000      3,086     16,000

   05/82          235    |    10/91      617,000      3,556     18,000

   08/83          562    |    01/92      727,000      4,526

   10/84        1,024    |    04/92      890,000      5,291     20,000

   10/85        1,961    |    07/92      992,000      6,569     16,300

   02/86        2,308    |    10/92    1,136,000      7,505     18,100

   11/86        5,089    |    01/93    1,313,000      8,258     21,000

   12/87       28,174    |    04/93    1,486,000      9,722     22,000

   07/88       33,000    |    07/93    1,776,000     13,767     26,000

   10/88       56,000    |    10/93    2,056,000     16,533     28,000

   01/89       80,000    |    01/94    2,217,000     20,539     30,000

                         |    07/94    3,212,000     25,210     46,000





           ____# Countries____                     ____# Countries____

   Date     I   B   U   F   O              Date     I   B   U   F   O

   -----   --- --- --- --- ---             -----   --- --- --- --- ---

   09/91    31  47  79  49                 01/93    50  50 101  72  31

   12/91    33  46  78  53                 04/93    56  51 107  79  31

   02/92    38  46  92  63                 08/93    59  51 117  84  31

   04/92    40  47  90  66  25             02/94    62  51 125  88  31

   08/92    49  46  89  67  26             07/94    75  52 129  89  31



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USENET growth summary:



   Date  Sites  ~MB  ~Posts  Groups  |  Date   Sites   ~MB  ~Posts  Groups

   ----  -----  ---  ------  ------  +  ----  -------  ---  ------  ------

   1979      3            2       3  |  1986     2200  2.0     946     241

   1980     15           10          |  1987     5200  2.1     957     259

   1981    150  0.5      20          |  1988     7800  4.4    1933     381

   1982    400           35          |  HELP: Where is data archived for

   1983    600          120          |        this period 1989-1992?

   1984    900          225          |  1993   69,000   50  19,362

   1985   1300  1.0     375          |  1994  190,000  190  72,755 



      ~ approximate: MB - megabytes per day, Posts - articles per day

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Hobbes' Internet Timeline FAQ:

Hobbes' Internet Timeline was compiled from a number of sources, with some of the stand-outs being:
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Contributors to Hobbes' Internet Timeline have their initials next to the contributed items in the form (:zzz:) and are: amk -
Alex McKenzie (mckenzie@bbn.com)

esr -
Eric S. Raymond (locke.ccil.org)

feg -
Farrell E. Gerbode (farrell@is.rice.edu)

gck -
Gary C. Kessler (humquat@hill.com)

glg -
Gail L. Grant (grant@pa.dec.com)

jg1 -
Jim Gaynor (gaynor@agvax.ag.ohio.state.edu)

mpc -
Mellisa P. Chase (pc@mitre.org)

ph1 -
Peter Hoffman (hoffman@ece.nps.navy.mil)

sc1 -
Susan Calcari (susanc@is.internic.net)

sk2 -
Stan Kulikowski (stankuli@uwf.bitnet) - see sources section

vgc -
Vinton Cerf (vcerf@isoc.org) - see sources section


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