Anytime someone online writes about internet history, the comments inevitably fill up with jokes about Al Gore. There's a popular myth that Gore once claimed to have invented the internet, which means many people think that "Al Gore" works as both a set-up and a punchline. What these jokesters might be surprised to learn is that Gore actually deserves some credit.
Gore's contributions to internet history have nothing to do with engineering or programming. Instead, Gore introduced the legislation that would move what we now call the internet from its academic roots to a commercial enterprise.