• In 1992, Senator Al Gore from Tennessee publicly promoted his vision of an “Information Superhighway.” He also had worked in Congress since the 1970s to fund it.
• The funding went to develop the Internet, which had been mostly used by computer professionals.
• In 1992, the Internet became mainstream, partly due to Al Gore’s publicity and funding, partly due to the creation of the World Wide Web and Mosaic browser. Mosaic was created at the University of Illinois NCSA with funding championed by Gore.
• In 2000, Gore justifiably took credit for helping build the Internet. The media chastised him for taking credit for “inventing the Internet.”
Read more about Al Gore’s early support of the Internet here.