1947 - Samuel Morse patented the first commercially viable telegraph system and invented the Morse Code.
1876 - Alexander Graham Bell introduced the Telephone
1895 - The Radio is invention by Guglielmo Marconi
1947 - Bell Labs invents the transistor
1862 - Fax transmission over telephone
1965 - Bell 103 110 baud (bits per second) modem
1968 - Carterfone decision allows 3rd party direct connect modems to the AT&T network
1969 - Compuserve Information Service (CIS) - first online timesharing information provider. Over dialup modems
1969 - The first prototype of a packet network was demonstrated in 1969 at UCLA; Stanford Research Institute (SRI) the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), and the University of Utah were soon added.
1974 - TCP/IP, outlined by Vinton Cerf and Bob Kahn at UCLA.
See Internet History for more
1976 - Bell 212A modem operates at 300 bit/s
1980's - ISDN (Integrated Service Digital network) over phone lines 128Kbs
1990's - Phone line modem speeds increase to 56 kbps (1996)
1998 - DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) services to provide simultaneous voice and data (256 Kbs - 1.5 Mbs)
1997 - DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) - standard for cable modems developed. 6 MHz analog. the specification enabled up to 37 Mbps net throughput in the downstream and 8 Mbps (net) in the upstream.
1999 - Wi-Fi 802.11b wireless networking (up to 11 Mbs)
2006 - DOCSIS 3.0 Triple Play - Voice, Data and TV
2012 - AT&T U-verse in select cities with GigaPower 300 and GigaPower 1G (300 Mbps and 1Gbps, respectively. Provided via Fiber to the Node and copper from the node to the home, or fiber directly to the home. See What is AT&T Uverse and How It Works?