Dutch celebrate 15 years of the internet

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17 November 2003 , AMSTERDAM — Internet pioneer Piet Beertema received the first historical international email at about 2.30pm in 1988, confirming he had access to the US NSFnet, the modern day internet, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.

17 November 2003

AMSTERDAM — Internet pioneer Piet Beertema received the first historical international email at about 2.30pm in 1988, confirming he had access to the US NSFnet, the modern day internet, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.

Against the wishes of the Economic Affairs Ministry and large international telecoms companies, Beertema and colleagues working on behalf of the Centre for Mathematics and Information (CWI) persevered with their attempts to gain access to the US network.

At the time, the Dutch government gave its preference to a computer network based on official standards. But Beertema said the government's version used a much larger protocol and did not offer guarantees for worldwide access. On the other hand, the US had proven that its internet could work.

Beertema had held contact with a handful of internet pioneers in the US from 1982 via primitive, closed computer networks and these contacts led to the first email on 17 November 1988.

But he remains modest, saying it was matter of coincidence: "I was with the right people, at the right moment at the right place. I was one of the, nothing more".

Nevertheless, email and the internet has become the modern day communication means and the sender of the first email, Rick Adams, went onto become the largest internet provider in the world with his company UUNet. He became rich.

Beertema continued working with the CWI in Amsterdam as its network administrator, saying that pleasure is much more important than money.

[Copyright Expatica News 2003]

Subject: Dutch news

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