Week 1 – Assignment

Networking – Past, Present, and Future

Prior to beginning work on this assignment read chapters 1 and 10 in the textbook, the online Internet History (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and Project Loon (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. resources, read the Randall Lane Forbes article (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., and review any relevant information in this week’s lecture.

Networking has been around for a few decades. Beginning with a simple four-node network called The Advanced Research Project Agency Network (ARPANet) to wireless broadband beamed from the stratosphere, networking has evolved in technology and in the ways it is being used.

For this assignment, you will write a paper that tracks the transformation of networking from the past to our current day, as well as describes the trends for our future. While networking use and technology can be leveraged for both personal and business use, the focus of your paper will be on the business side of networking. In essence, this paper will cover how this advent and transformation in technology has helped business to reach a competitive edge.

Evaluate telecommunication and network taxonomy as they existed at the beginning of networking through to today. Explain how telecommunication and networking technology has changed from the days of ARPANet to our present day.

Apply telecommunication and network technical knowledge to the current business applications of networking and describe potential trends for the future. Research a minimum of two online professional resources related to future trends. (Access the MISM Credible Resource Guide for assistance with finding appropriate, credible professional resources.) Describe what the current literature says about telecommunication and networking trends.

Explain how the transformation in technology has helped business to reach a competitive edge. Analyze and describe how businesses have used telecommunication and networking technology to increase their profits and be more effective, efficient, and productive.

The assignment

  • Must be three to four double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least two professional sources in addition to the course text.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

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