How did the Internet begin?
Thursday, June 11th, 2009
Brief history of the Internet
The history of the modern day Internet dates back to the middle of the 20th century. The Internet originated as a way for the United States government to share information from computer to computer with the use of a computer network. The technology quickly spread to the educational field, with an early network established at UCLA in 1969.
Soon after, the same network had an established email system in place. It was in 1976 that a member of the royal family sent her first email. The Queen of England sent a message from the British Army base to demonstrate networking technology.
As the Internet was being developed over several decades, many people contributed to the jargon that we all know today. World Wide Web, cyberspace and HTML were all created by different researchers.
While a lot of the technology that is used today was first introduced in the mid-1980s, it wasn’t until the 1990s that the Internet really started to boom. It is estimated that the number of Internet users doubled each year in the 1990s. Today, there are over one billion users from virtually every country in the world using different types of Internet service.
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