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How to go about monitoring the vast new online world of the Internet The Internet was developed initially for the Pentagon to transfer the curtail information This essy is on the internet and how the world plans to deal with the new problems that it brings To start a brief defination of what the internet is Before the Internet there was ARPAnet the predecessor of todays Internet created almost 25 years ago as an experimental network to support military research for the US Defense Department One of the primary design goals of ARPAnet was to prove that distributed networking would protect the network from destruction by locating individual nodes as far apart from each other as possible ARPAnet grew from there as marketing opportunities forced its developers to create Inter-net Protocol IP software for nearly every conceivable type of computer It didnt matter what type of computer equipment that government and universities had since they had no nationwide standard for purchasing computer equipment because the IP software was designed to be practically universal In the early 80s the National Science Foundation NSF stepped in and created five supercomputer centers and called it NSFNET Now anyone that could afford the cost of a leased-line connection could have packets routed to and from these supercomputers and other systems that were also connected to these centers The popularity and utility of this concept almost immediately wiped out ARPAnet with the load of data that was being transmitted NSF then decided to build their own network based on ARPAnets IP technology This more advanced network was connected through 56kbps leased lines In 1992 NSFNETs backbone was upgraded to T3 44736Mbps lines around the country - 10-BaseT ethernet operates at 10Mbps The increased ease with which it was possible to transfer information also soon completely overwhelmed even this larger network In 1987 a contract to manage and upgrade the network was awarded to Merit Network Inc in partnership with IBM
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