Was the Internet invented in New Jersey at Bell Labs? Their President, Marcus Weldon, seems to think there is a strong argument for saying so. If the case can be made, why isn’t New Jersey shouting it from the rooftops, especially when we are aggressively marketing State-wide innovation efforts and fighting off States like Texas and Indiana who are trying to lure our companies away? Perhaps we can get Al Gore to say he invented the Internet in New Jersey and film a Convenient Truth here in a State he said would already be underwater years ago.
“If you want to get Marcus Weldon animated, ask him who invented the internet. “I just don’t know why we can’t have a campaign that says, ‘We invented the internet,’” said Weldon, president of Bell Labs, whose headquarters is in Murray Hill, and CTO of Nokia. “New Jersey seems shy in some ways, as if it were diseased by the Newark Airport-Turnpike area, and that’s how we end up thinking about ourselves when the rest is lovely and we should think lovelier thoughts about what we have done,”…“Sure, much of modern telecom and computing — the transistor, modem, communications satellites, cell phone nets, parts of fiber optic cable, information theory itself, and so on — came out of Bell Labs. Those all tie to networking in general. So, if you mean ‘internet’ in that general sense, sure,” Weber said.”