- Standardizing on TCP/IP meant that any computer could hook up to NSFnet. This was important to the universities, which had pretty much ever old sort of computer ever made.
- While it was modeled on the DoD's ARPAnet, NSF let pretty much anyone - education, government, or private companies - use their backbone. In essence, it created the Internet.
Of course, nobody thought about security at the time. And of course, it only took 4 months for someone to show that this was A Bad Thing.
All of this was back when my Network-fu was strong, like Chris. Back when my email went to Dockmaster. I sound like such an old fart.