Commentary

Internet Turns 25 Years Old!

Twenty-five years ago the first .com was registered, and the Internet was born. Or, so say the folks over at the Information, Technology, and Innovation Foundation. To commemorate this “birthday,” ITIF has released an excellent report providing a brief history of this institution and the benefits commercialization has reaped for the global economy. The report, The Internet Economy 25 Years After .com: Transforming Economy and Life, is likely to become the short, eminently accessible standard reference on the impact and growth of the Internet

Thanks to Bob Atkinson, Stephen Ezell and their co-authors for putting such a useful document together.

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.