Later Freenet program management assumed by the National Public Telecomputing Network (NPTN) in 1989 (:sk2,rab:) New England gets cut off from the Net as AT&T suffers a fiber optics cable break between Newark/NJ and White Plains/NY.
Yes, all seven New England ARPANET trunk lines were in the one severed cable.
Einar Stefferud soon took over as moderator as the list was not automated at first.
A science fiction list, SF-Lovers, was to become the most popular unofficial list in the early days Meeting between Univ of Wisconsin, DARPA, National Science Foundation (NSF), and computer scientists from many universities to establish a Computer Science Department research computer network (organized by Larry Landweber).
The NPL network, an experiment in packet-switching, used 768kbps lines Ray Tomlinson of BBN invents email program to send messages across a distributed network.
The original program was derived from two others: an intra-machine email program (SENDMSG) and an experimental file transfer program (CPYNET) (:amk:irh:) Project Gutenberg is started by Michael Hart with the purpose of making copyright-free works, including books, electronically available.
A few months later a three-judge panel imposes an injunction against its enforcement.