- Abbreviation of Because It's There Network. (Wiktionary)
“One, called BITNET the Because It’s Time Network, was a cooperative network among IBM systems with no restrictions on membership.”
“The main impetus for this expansion was the formation of INTERNET, a network linking over 20,000 existing computer networks, including BITNET.”
“Here we see an illustration of sequential interdependence; each additional adopting university increased the benefits of BITNET for every institution that was a potential adopter through a decreased initial cost of adoption.”
“Gurbaxani, Vijay (1990), “Diffusion in Computing Networks: The Case of BITNET,” Communications of the ACM, 33(12):65-75.”
“The first adopters of BITNET were elite East Coast institutions, who were highly competitive in applying for government and foundation research grants.”
“Then, in 1982, the University of California at Berkeley leased a long, expensive telephone line to join BITNET.”
“At this point, an academic person at a U.S. research university could safely assume that any other such individual with whom they wished to communicate could be reached via BITNET.”
“Then, when BITNET joined with other computer networks in INTERNET, the total number of users skyrocketed because of reciprocal interdependence.”
“By the end of the first year, 1981, four additional universities joined BITNET.”
“Gurbaxani 1990 fit various curves to the data on rate of adoption for BITNET, and concluded that the distribution closely approximated an S-shaped curve.”
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