A very brief post, this one.
Watch Dr. Vint Cerf the “Father of the Internet” (or at least, one of the fathers, along with Dr. Bob Kahn, and others) – now the “Chief Internet Evangelist” at Google -- as he gives his fascinating recent talk at Stanford University.
This is indeed an authoritative presentation of history of the development of the Internet, for the first 30 or 40 minutes. In the final 20 minutes or so he shares his views on how it needs to be improved.
Starting at around the one-hour point, the final 15 to 20 minutes is a Question & Answer segment, and this too is well worth watching for the additional topics that were raised by the audience.
In a similar vein, you can learn more by listening to the various segments of An Audio History of the Internet from the National Public Radio (NPR) Archives.