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When one thinks of the internet one may think of America Online Yahoo or of Sandra Bullock being caught up in an espionage conspiracy For me it is a means of communication A way to talk to some of my friends who live off in distant places such as Los Angeles New Jersey and the Philippines The US Defense Department originally had this intent in mind when they connected a computer network with various other radio and satellite networks1 Krol They wanted a means of communicating within the US military that could withstand partial outages such a bomb attacks and still function2 Krol In this paper I will cover the internets experimental beginnings the commercialization of this technology in the present and what the project that is taking place that will probably be the future of the internet Before I begin talking about the internet allow me to define what is the internet who governs it and what is the financial impact of this technology The internet is made up of all computer networks that use IP protocol which operate to form a seamless network for their collective users3 Krol This means that federal commercial and institutional networks all compose parts of the internet This network is connected to each other by either telephone wires cable lines or satellite signals These wires lines or signals are then pipelined from server computer to server computer until your host server transmits the electronic information into your computer The governing body of the internet is the Internet Society ISOC4 Krol The Internet Society purpose according to Ed Krol is to promote global information exchange through Internet technology Another governing body is the Internet Architecture Board IAB5 Krol This IAB board governs the protocol standards whereby how computers and software applications talk to each other6 ibid They also make the rules on how to keep track of each 32-bit address number used by each computer on the internet
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