Computer-to-computer communication expanded when the Department of Defense established four nodes on the ARPANET: the University of California-Santa Barbara and UCLA, SRI International, and the University of Utah. Viewed as a comprehensive resource-sharing network, ARPANET's designers set out with several goals: direct use of distributed hardware services; direct retrieval from remote, one-of-a-kind databases; and the sharing of software subroutines and packages not available on the users' primary computer due to incompatibility of hardware or languages.
From: ucbvax!mark (ucbvax!mark)
Subject: network name change is in effect
Date: 1981-05-12 12:39:01 PST
I have renamed all the arpanet newsgroups from NET.whatever to fa.whatever. This includes arpa-bboard, info-cpm, sf-lovers, human-nets, info-terms, info-micro, arms-d, energy, unix-wizards, teletext, and home-sat.
If you are a subscriber to one or more of the above, you should use netnews -s to change your subscription from, for example NET.human-nets to fa.human-nets.
If you are a system administrator for netnews and you have not already fixed your .sys file to know about the new names, you should do so at once, or risk losing news.