History of the Internet Essay

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HISTORY OF THE INTERNET The Internet (or 'Net') is built on a mixture of hardware, governed by minimal standards and even fewer rules.It connects computers together globally, forming a network in which any computer can communicate with any other computer as long as they are both connected to the Internet. Information that travels over the Internet does so via a variety of language sknown as protocols. Thousands of different software packages broadcast on the Net, connecting millions of users each day. The Internet's hardware is vast: it is a combination of high-speed optic fiber, regular network cables, wireless routers[->0], and satellite connections. No single organization owns the Internet's hardware or governs its use. The Internet is a marvel of free broadcasting and amateur publishing. Anyone can use the Internet. As long as you have a computer, cell phone, or other internet-enabled device, you simply find a free or paid place to connect. Once you are you can broadcast and receive all kinds of signals. The Internet is named for "interconnection of computer networks[->1]". It is a massive hardware combination of millions of personal, business, and governmental computers, all connected like roads and highways. The Internet started in the 1960's under the original name "ARPAnet". ARPAnet was originally an experiment in how the US military could maintain communications in case of a possible nuclear strike. With time, ARPAnet became a civilian experiment, connecting university mainframe[->2] computers for academic purposes. As personal computers became more mainstream in the 1980's and 1990's, the Internet grew exponentially as more users plugged their computers into the massive network. Today, the Internet has grown into a public spiderweb of millions of personal, government, and commercial computers, all connected by cables and by wireless signals[->3].

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