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Last modified: Tuesday, August 06, 2002 

A global network connecting millions of computers. More than 100 countries are linked into exchanges of data, news and opinions.

Unlike online services, which are centrally controlled, the Internet is decentralized by design. Each Internet computer, called a host, is independent. Its operators can choose which Internet services to use and which local services to make available to the global Internet community. Remarkably, this anarchy by design works exceedingly well.

There are a variety of ways to access the Internet. Most online services, such as America Online, offer access to some Internet services. It is also possible to gain access through a commercial Internet Service Provider (ISP).

The Internet is not synonymous with World Wide Web.

Also see The Difference Between the Internet and the World Wide Web in the Did You Know . . . ? section of Webopedia.

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Byte article on how the Internet will replace broadcasting 
A February 1996 article that discusses ISDN and MPEG mechanics as handled via Internet Web servers.

Internet index home page 
The Internet Index, from Open Market, provides a collection of facts and statistics about the Internet and related activities.

Learn the Net 
Learn the Net is a complete guide to the Internet designed for new users who are overwhelmed by the volume and complexity of the online world. Sections include: getting started, Internet basics, digging for data, doing business, Web publishing, and multimedia. Lastly, this guide is available in English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Routing in the Internet 
Describes how routing works in the Internet, with specific information on physical address determination, selection of inter-network gateways and symbolic and numeric addresses.

Basic Guide to the Internet
Presents basic information on the workings and components of the Internet, from the University of Albany.

Birth of the Internet
Provides a history of the Internet, key contributors, companies involved, a timeline, significant events, and a collection of information regarding ARPANET.

Connecting to the Internet
This is a chapter from a book entitled, "The Internet Companion - A Beginner's Guide to Global Networking (2nd edition)" and explains how to get connected to the internet. There are good explanations of common modem standards and speeds, communications software, connection protocols, file transfer methods, and how to choose an Internet Service Provider.

History of the Internet
Hosted by the Internet Society (ISOC), this page offers links to various documents describing the history of the Internet.

Hobbes Internet Timeline
A history of the Internet, with several links within the text to additional information.

Index of current internet drafts
Contains links to current Internet drafts. The drafts are listed alphabetically by working group acronym and initial post date.

NetHistory site
Offers an informal history of BITNET and the Internet., with links to archived articles, papers, and additional Internet history-related links.

RFC 1123
One of the most important RFCs, covering requirements for Internet client software, including Telnet, FTP, SMTP, and DNS.

The Internet Privacy Coalition
Home page of the Internet Privacy Coalition, an organization whose mission is to promote privacy and security on the Internet. They offer links to action items and pending events, the Golden Key campaign, cryptography resources, IPC alerts, and organizational information.

Yahoo!'s computers and Internet standards page
Yahoo!'s directory of computer and Internet standards.

Yahoo!'s Internet page
Yahoo!'s directory of Internet.

Yahoo!'s Internet shareware page
Yahoo!'s directory of Internet shareware.

Yahoo!'s Internet Standards page
Yahoo!'s directory of Internet Standards.

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