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The CSNET ( C omputer S cience Net work ) was an 1981 based computer network. It was initiated by the National Science Foundation . It is considered the forerunner of the National Science Foundation Network (NSFNET) and today's Internet .

By the end of 1986, over 165 universities, industry and government groups were affiliated with CSNET. Membership costs ranged from $ 2,000 for small computing establishments to $ 30,000 for large companies. There was free support for that.

The first email was sent to Germany via CSNET . It was sent on August 2, 1984 in Cambridge (Massachusetts) and reached the computing center of the University of Karlsruhe on August 3, 1984.

Individual evidence

  1. National Science Foundation: The Internet - From Modest Beginnings ( Memento of the original from August 28, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (English)  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.nsf.gov
  2. Detlef Borchers : 30 years ago: First Internet mail reached Germany , heise online, August 2, 2014
  3. Martin Oversohl: 25 years of e-mail in Germany And it has "Pling!" made , Spiegel Online, August 1, 2009