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booboosmoosh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Internet was conceived in the 1950s to provide the members of the scientific community with the ability to quickly communicate with one another.

In the 1960s, work was done to convey "packets" of information from one computer to another. It was not until 1969 that UCLA and the Stanford Research Center were able to exchange data, but this was still not something accessible by the public at large.

Whereas the government and institutions of higher learning were the only groups able to access the Internet, in 1992, it was finally made available to the public.

At its inception, it was simply a method of transferring data from one place to another, and few people knew about it and/or used it. However, over the years, it has grown in countless ways, while also becoming highly commercialized.

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krishna-agrawala | Student

The Internet is a global data communication network to which computers are connected for electronic exchange of data. It links tens of thousands of smaller computer networks.

The origin of the Internet can be traced back to the 1969, when the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) of the United States Department of Defense established the first two nodes of a network of computers called ARPAnet for military and government computer systems. Following this development of ARPAnet, universities and other institutions developed their own computer networks,  which were later merged with it to form the Internet. This network was then extended to other institutions and geographical regions. Commercial use of the Internet began in 1988. Following this the Internet Expanded very fast, and by the 1990's it covered almost the entire world. Currently its use estimated to be available to more than a quarter of the world population.

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