20 Years Ago: Internet Comes To NPR (If We'd Only Known About The Impending Spam) : All Tech Considered Twenty years ago, NPR alerted staff members that they would soon have access to a new form of communication: "A collection of computer networks that is connected around the world."

If We'd Only Known About The Impending Spam

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We wrap up All Tech with one more retro moment: an anniversary. Twenty years ago today, staffers at NPR received a paper memo. Remember those? The first line read: Internet is coming to NPR! That was punctuated with an exclamation point.


The 1994 memo cites the most immediate and tangible change, e-mail. It would replace our old fax/mail system. Sign up for one hour of training. Or, if you do not want to use Internet, the memo says, simply do nothing.

BLOCK: You could read that paper memo on the Internet at NPRarchives.tumblr.com.

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