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Internet - Definition

The Internet is a massive collection of networks. It connects many smaller networks together and allows all the computers to exchange information with each other. To accomplish this all the computers on the Internet have to use a common set of rules for communication. Those rules are called protocols, and the Internet uses a set of protocols called TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol). Dating back to 1995 it was estimated that more than 60,000 independent networks fed into the global internet. However, that number today is staggering, considering that more than 50 millions people use the World Wide Web. Many people equate the World Wide Web with the Internet. In fact, the Internet is like the highway, and the World Wide Web is like a truck that uses that highway to get from place to place.


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