Black History:  Special Delivery!!

Can you believe that the “.com” internet domain naming system is 35 years old?!  Emmitt McHenry, was the co-founder of Network Solutions, Inc,; one of the early leading internet domain service providers.  Before most people became aware of the “world-wide-web,” it was a U.S. government cold war project.  Its purpose was to provide a communications network that could withstand a nuclear attack.  McHenry and his business partners launched Network Solutions in 1979. They found it challenging to secure financing for the business, so they mortgaged their properties and used credit cards to finance it.  Network Solutions became very successful.  The firm was able to secure a contract with the National Science Foundation.  Their first assignment was to develop the U.S. government’s first domain name addressing system for the internet. 

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