Hearing Date Set for Black “Internet” Inventor

The telecom industry has existed since1967 , the earlier form often referred to as the “ Internetting Projects “ as it was in the form of several “nets” connected to a major one called the Arpanet . The inventors have mostly been recognized.
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July 2, 2012 - PRLog -- Over the past 45 years or so that the telecom network has existed , there have been thousands of individuals participating in its continuous development . However there is another inventor who claims to have been overlooked .It is important to note that the “ INTERNET “  is an integrated structure with a common name which is different from the preexisting telecom structure and that it has existed for  only about 22 of those 45 years.

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” the business world and dramatically  increase commerce.  Her proposals which can be found online at http://www.uspto.gov , in PUBLIC PAIR under Application # 11003123 [ click on Image File Wrapper tab ] . You may download documents filed on 07/13/2010 and 07/14/2010 which will give you information about what was in her proposals submitted to the federal government during 1990-1992 .

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” which is recognized all over the world . Her ideas started the rash of online businesses , the massive computer and software sales of the 1990’s  putting  the economy in overdrive . The industry has since been so successful that it has formed its own stock market , the NASDAQ .

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 .
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