The Internet as we know it today made its debut around 1994 . Dorothy M. Hartman , a black inventor and entrepreneur claims that she did not build the Internet but that she designed it . She says “I do not build computers or phones , nor write programming code but I shared with the federal government in 1990 my ideas of how to improve the preexisting telecommunications network(s) and the government used my ideas to do just that . By applying the ideas and concepts which I shared in my writings referencing a process , Accessing Accessibility – the National Science Foundation through its research and development transformed the state of the preexisting telecom structure resulting in the successful INTERNET .
Before 1990 although there was a considerable build- out of the telecommunications network in the U.S. and there was an up and coming telecom network in France called the Minitel – the industry was still looking for ways to grow and improve . The National Science Foundation (NSF) around 1985 had as a part of its mission maintenance and improvement of the U.S. network as some parts were being phased out and the industry was flailing .
In March 1990 , Ms. Hartman in the hopes of obtaining funding to start her own business submitted to the Small Business Innovation Research Program , her ideas for making better use of the telecom industry in supporting not only her proposed business in telecommunications services but improving the overall economy . She pointed out in her writings that the telecom industry should be commercialized being very specific about benefits and advantages that could be derived from it including economic prosperity .
Her proposal(s) went on to address that by using the (a) computer as the medium for business and (b) cyberspace as the meeting place where goods , services , or information and (c) opening telecommunications or making it accessible to ordinary consumers so that businesses and consumers could find each other would “revolutionize”
What her business method , Accessing Accessibility showed the National Science Foundation ( which is the recipient of SBIR research and other funding opportunity programs ) was how to improve the preexisting telecom network . This was precisely what the National Science Foundation (NSF) was looking for at the time – answers as to how to improve the preexisting telecommunications network . Ms. Hartman says that her requests for funding through the Small Business Administration (SBA) ,Pa. Commerce Dept, and BFTC were denied .
While she was dismissed her ideas which were both innovative and revolutionary were retained and used by the National Science Foundation to build what is no longer referred to as the “internetting projects “ but the “INTERNET”
Ms. Hartman claims that it was not just the genius of President Bill Clinton or Vice President Al Gore which was responsible for the economic well being and the huge surplus in the American economy during the 1990’s but the arrival of the INTERNET . Bill Clinton who is a Rhodes Scholar and Al Gore who has made tremendous contributions regarding conservation and the environment served very well during their administrations and had great budgets . Ms. Hartman says that she , not Al Gore “invented the Internet” and that helped the economy a great deal .
The Internet and the surge that it created was introduced during their term in office and brought many beneficial changes to commerce . It was the opening of telecommunications to Commercialization and making it accessible to consumers that has made the difference between what the telecom industry was at one time and what it is now . This humble person a black , disabled woman whose ideas brought so much success and created so much wealth especially for those in the Telecom industry says that it is high time that she be recognized and compensated for her contributions which have brought trillions of dollars into the economy.
Cerf and Kahn and many others built the technology and the physical structure which comprises the internet but Ms. Hartman claims that it was her creativity that gave the structure life and success . The phone , chip , and computer makers were around in 1990 but are billionaires now not just because of their genius but because they now can sell their wares to billions of people . That part of the invention belongs to her . The time is long past due that this injustice and disparity should be corrected . It was Hartman’s understanding of the infinity of cyberspace and how it could be used to generate infinite transactions and commercial potential that is the key to this invention . Therefore the Internet could stretch to the moon and beyond – bounded only by the capacity of the hardware – computer , phone or modem , and ISP ( Internet Service Provider ).
Ms. Hartman claims that it was her contributions that transformed the industry and that transformation of useful or practical invention from one state to another state is patentable . The Internet did not come into existence until around 1995 , approximately 4-5 years after Hartman’s writings were introduced to federal government employees associated with the SBA and other programs . Others have been credited with her work and allowed to become prosperous while she has been discriminated against and denied access to her own intellectual property resulting in damages to her . Justice is long overdue . The Oral Hearing date is set for July 24 , 2012 .