Many people have heard of the Internet. In fact, according to TechPulse360, over one billion people use the Internet each day. With such an extensive number, it is easy to see exactly how the Internet has expanded over the past thirty years. Few people know the history of the Internet. However, it is easy to notice. Each year computers are getting faster and smaller. Each year, the Internet is getting faster and better. Something that started as a government project is now becoming one of the most commonly used things in the world.
The history of the Internet begins in the year 1973, where it was created by a group of people from ARPANET. ARPANET was a government organisation. Vinton Cerf and Bob Kahn led this group. The project was meant to allow other computer networks to connect and communicate with one another.
In 1976, Dr. Robert M. Metcalfe developed the Ethernet. The Ethernet essentially allowed the coaxial cable to move data faster than normal. This was the first step to developing the LAN networks. In addition, it was the first step to making the Internet faster.
1983 marks the time when every single computer that was connected to the Internet had no choice but to use the TCP/IP protocol. Because of this, 1983 was the year when the use NCP protocol ended.
The National Science Foundation began working on the new T1 lines in the 1980s. By the time they were finished in 1988, traffic began to increase. Because of this increase in traffic, the NSF began working on a second update.
In 1990 the non-profit organisation ANS formulated the idea for a T3 line. It was a 45mpbs line and by 1991, all of the NSF websites were using this new network. In addition, ILEC created ADSL, or Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. This type of technology allowed its users to surf the web. ADSL later became DSL.
In 1995, the NSF stopped allowing free direct access to the NSF backbone. This period marks the time when people began to pay for web hosting. NSF allowed four companies to have this direct access. These four companies consequently sold access to the server for fifty dollars a year. This cost did not include .gov and .edu domains.
Broadband was introduced in 2000 as a better alternative to dial-up. The beginning of broadband marked the beginning of the Internet, as we know it today. Because of Broadband, users are able to download music and videos. The Internet became at least ten times faster than dial-up. It is also hard to forget the creation of 802.11b, more commonly known as Wi-Fi. Wireless Internet allowed the use of handheld devices and the ability to take the Internet anywhere that you are.
The evolutionary speed of the Internet has taken us to the next level in communication and its still unknown how far we can really go?