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SEC Flashback: What is this 'InterNet?'

Bruce Carton | February 19, 2010

I recently stumbled upon an SEC Litigation Release (SEC v. Frye) from November 15, 1995, which was right around the time that the SEC and most of the world was just beginning to check out this new thing called the Internet. It is interesting to remember how, at that time, you couldn't just make a reference to the "Internet" as many people wouldn't know what you were talking about. So you had to actually define what the "Internet" was, as the SEC did below:

As detailed in the Complaint, beginning in or about May 1995 through the present, Frye has posted numerous messages on the InterNet, a decentralized web of computers, accessible to millions of potential investors across the country and world-wide, in which Frye has solicited funds from investors.

Looks like the SEC's then-hip capitalization of the "N" in Internet didn't catch on!