grandpa - 5:35 am on Sep 6, 2009 (gmt 0) TCP/IP Overview and History [tcpipguide.com] What the heck... Happy (belated) Birthday!
I tend to agree with httpwebwitch and odlum; the internet would have been born with the interconnection (protocol) between multiple users. The cabled connection sounds more like a LAN, but I suppose it depends on the protocols used?
...the Internet is a primary reason why TCP/IP is what it is today. In fact, the Internet and TCP/IP are so closely related in their history that it is difficult to discuss one without also talking about the other. They were developed together, with TCP/IP providing the mechanism for implementing the Internet.
TCP/IP Overview and History [tcpipguide.com]
What the heck... Happy (belated) Birthday!