The Internet connection shown in this picture marked the beginning of when people at the Pole could send their own email, surf the web, or chat with their family and friends back home, all from their own computer at their desk.
The date of this first Internet connection was 8 February 1994. The people who built the satellite link were Paul Eden, Brent Jones, and Skip Withrow. This first connection was using the LES-9 Satellite, at 38.4 kilobits per second. The same link and equipment were used for a number of years. One week later, a second Internet connection was established using the GOES-2 satellite, at a much higher data rate, of 128 to 256 kilobits per second. (Here is a full size (217k) image.)
The screen shot and stories are courtesy Brent Jones. The El Dorm photo is from NASA, by Pat Smith during the SPTR installation studies.