Imagine if the Internet were only available on the West Coast. And only in four cities.
Before there was the Internet, there was the ARPANET. A precursor to the contemporary Internet, the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network originated in 1969 and only connected four locations at first: University of California Santa Barbara, Stanford Research Institute, UCLA's Network Measurement Center and University of Utah.
ARPANET was the first working packet switching network and it grew over the years to connect many other universities and cities outside of California and Utah until it went defunct in 1990. ARPANET gave its life for a good cause, and we now have it to thank for the modern-day Internet.