Updated June 27, 2018 09:24:48 The first Internet blackout in the United States took place on June 23, 1977.
That was when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a blanket rule requiring all Americans to have Internet access.
The Federal Communications Act of 1934, which became law on July 1, 1934, gave the FCC the authority to make such a rule.
The FCC has continued to enforce the rule through the years.
During the last decade, however, it has also expanded its scope, expanding its definition of what constitutes a “Internet service” to include content on the Web, as well as apps and online gaming platforms.
That’s why some argue the blackout in 1977 wasn’t the first Internet shutdown.
According to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, the blackout occurred in the fall of 1977.
But it was also a full year before Congress passed a bill that would require Internet service providers to provide access to “reasonable” levels of content for all Americans.
That legislation, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, is often cited as the first major law on the Internet.
For most Americans, the Internet was a simple way to connect with friends and family.
But during the early 1980s, the technology that enabled the Internet to work became popular enough to change the way Americans interacted with each other.
During the 1990s, an explosion of digital video and music came along that transformed the way that people interacted with their computers.
That made it possible for people to stream music, watch video, and share their thoughts on the world through a medium that hadn’t existed before.
But in the early 2000s, something changed.
That changed the way people viewed the Internet and its potential.
While people were downloading more video and photos, a new threat was emerging: viruses.
As the virus pandemic worsened, so did the fear that the Internet would be overrun by a virus.
As with other emerging technologies, this fear was stoked by misinformation and disinformation, which spread like wildfire.
In the summer of 2013, the FCC began requiring Internet service companies to create a list of viruses and malware that were causing the most harm to consumers.
In response, online social networking sites, like Facebook and Twitter, began posting warnings to their users.
By the spring of 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had also issued warnings about the threat of viruses.
In the summer and fall of 2014 — two times the number of virus outbreaks that the FCC had predicted — a new virus, Cryptosporidium, became the focus of much of the national conversation.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, there have been several reports of the spread of Cryptospora to other parts of the world, which have included Europe, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
Cryptosporidia is not the only threat to the Internet that has been raised in the last few years.
There has also been a surge in cyberattacks on businesses, government, and institutions, including banks and credit card companies.
The FCC has also struggled to enforce its own rules, which are currently on the books but haven’t been enforced in some cases.
Internet service providers have argued that the rules are too broad, and in a 2015 court decision, the court said that the new rules are in line with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which require the FCC to allow the public to comment on the rules before they’re finalized.
But the FCC has refused to rule on a request from a group of privacy advocates who argued that these rules violate the privacy rights of individuals who choose to use the Internet for their own purposes.
With the FCC’s failure to enforce certain of its rules, the future of the Internet is uncertain.