FidoNet

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FidoNet is a worldwide computer network that is used for communication between bulletin board systems. It was most popular in the early to mid 1990s, prior to the introduction of easy and affordable access to the Internet. The network continues to operate but has shrunk considerably, primarily due to the closing of many BBSes during the increase of popularity of the Internet.

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Origin

FidoNet was originally founded as a non-commercial network in 1984 by Tom Jennings of San Francisco, California as a means to network BBSes that used his own "Fido" BBS software.[1] Over time, other BBS software was independently adapted to support the relevant FidoNet protocols and the network became a popular means for computer users to communicate. Until 1994 with the arrival of commercial Internet, Fidonet was the only non Compuserve, Minerva or Prodigy methodology for most of the world's population to send email to and from the Milnet, Arpanet and Minitel networks.

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