BITNET

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BITNET

Because It’s There Network (alternatively, Because It’s Time Network). A university-based information network of historic interest, which was founded in 1981 at the City University of New York and Yale as a point-to-point "store and forward" system. When its use peaked in 1991, it had extended to 500 organisations and 3000 nodes. With the rapid growth of internet TCP/IP systems in the 1990s, BITNET was rapidly abandoned.