TDS celebrates World Wide Web Day
Aug. 1 marks 27 years since the birth of the World Wide Web
In honor of the birth of the most used and legally addictive service they provide, TDS Telecom is celebrating World Wide Web day on Aug. 1.
It has been 27 years since the World Wide Web was founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist. Today, there are an estimated 3.2 billion internet users worldwide and web access is growing faster than ever. From 2000 to 2015, the number of internet users grew seven-fold from 6.5 percent to 43 percent globally.
“Without the web our lives would look drastically different,” said Kevin Hess, executive vice president of TDS Telecom. “Communication across borders would be hindered, or dramatically slower without this tool.”
Hess continued, “TDS is proud to be a leader in delivering advanced communications services, such as high speed internet, to help facilitate customer enjoyment of the web, greater transparency of government and business, and real-time communications.”
In 1989, Berners-Lee proposed a plan for what would eventually become the web. His original document “Information Management: A Proposal” was not immediately accepted. Many thought giving the general public access to the internet would be insane because it was mainly used by scientists and scholars.
In fact, his proposal was dubbed “vague but exciting” by his manager at CERN, a particle physics laboratory in Switzerland. Although it was not an official CERN project, Berners-Lee was given time to work on and further develop his proposal. In 1990, the first web pages were posted on the internet. Then, in 1991, members of the general public had the first opportunity to begin using the web. And the rest is history.
Through its broadband services, TDS Telecom leverages technology and its networks to enable customers to access the web for work, pleasure and many other functions.
On its 27th birthday, use of the World Wide Web continues to expand as TDS and other communications companies work to ensure near universal access. For more information on the history of the web check out the webfoundation.org. For more facts about web usage, search “ICT Facts and Figures” on itu.int.