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"I do think there is a link in that in both cases, writing fiction or writing a computer program, at any given moment you're focusing on a very specific and particular thing—one word, one line of code, whatever."
- Neal Stephenson

Tiered Internet  
  The idea that some forms of Internet network traffic should be given priority over others.  

As far as I know, this is the first reference to the idea that selected data network (Internet) traffic should be given priority over all others.

According to recent report, there were so many worms and counterworms loose in the data-net now, the machines had been instructed to give them low priority unless they related to a medical emergency.
From The Shockwave Rider, by John Brunner.
Published by Harper and Row in 1975
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See also the remarks in John Brunner's use of the term data-net.

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