“The Internet is a funny thing.Then and now, it has been a thing: an infrastructural backbone of immeasurable complexity, a scaffolding over modern life that has grown stronger than the building itself, which seems to have crumbled under its weight. And yet despite its inherent physicality — the routers, the interchanges, the telephone poles strung with wires, and the fiber optic cables crossing the sea — we persist in our belief that the Internet is inchoate, a cloud. The phenomenon can be traced back to its origins, to Jake’s time. The hardware was built with a purpose, to share computing resources across universities and labs. But the Internet as a communications medium practically willed itself into being, transforming the computer fro ma calculator to a box full of voices. Jake, catching up on emails from the very beginning, could only perceive the future as it was: an information age.
pp. 199 – 200, Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet.