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The Publication of the First RFC

April 10, 2019

April 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the very first RFC (Request for Comments) that led to the development of the ARPANET.

Published by UCLA’s Steve Crocker, that initial request was meant to help generate unofficial notes that would facilitate the development of the modern Internet’s precursor. 

However, as noted in a SciHi blog post, the RFC has evolved beyond that since the initial call for “Host Software” to a two-step process that helps provide a fuller picture of the Internet’s development.

Writes SciHi: “The serialized RFCs compose a continuous historical record of the evolution of the internet standards and practices.”