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BBN: In the Beginning

Bolt Beranek and Newman, a company who played a major role in creating the Internet, which was founded in 1948 as consulting company. Richard Bolt and Leo Beranek were acousticians from MIT who did private consulting on buildings around the country. In the Mid 1940’s Bolt was asked by the United Nations to design the acoustics for a new building. Because of all the work that was ahead, he could not handle it all himself so he asked Leo Beranek to join him. At that time they hired another man who’s name was Robert Newman to help with the work, which together formed BBN.

The Early Years