2018_Internet_DayWhen I get my calendar for the upcoming year, I always check what days of the week big holidays and personal events (birthday, anniversaries, etc.) fall on.

CLICK TO TWEET:  CommScope's Joseph Depa explains why you should recognize Internet Day as a holiday.

Since I joined CommScope almost nine years ago, I’m also more conscious of other holidays that the public might not be aware of such as:

Today marks another one of those holidays that many might not know about, but one that should be honored. On this date in 1969, the first electronic message was transferred from one computer to another. And with that, the Internet was born. 

Back then, the Internet was known as ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network). Charley Kline, a student programmer at the UCLA, transmitted the first ever electronic message from a computer housed at UCLA to Stanford Research Institute’s host computer.

Now, almost 50 years later, sending and receiving electronic messages is routine. Can you think about how many emails, texts and other messages you send or receive? I can’t count how many I send or get. All I know is it’s a lot and that doesn’t even count how many end up in my junk folder.

Today, the Internet has become an important part of our life. Most of us cannot think of spending one day without it. 

You probably do not realize how many of those messages sent are using infrastructure created by CommScope. So, make sure you send a “Happy International Internet Day” email, text or eCard to those closest to you and know it’s likely been carried over CommScope infrastructure. 

About the Author

Joseph P. Depa III

Joseph P. Depa III is corporate communications manager at CommScope. An award-winning newspaper reporter and magazine editor, he has 20 years of experience in public/media relations, marketing, publishing, advertising and corporate communications. Joseph is a member of the Public Relations Society of America. 

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