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Table of Contents oThe other Great American Pastime introduction3 oDialing up for dollars3 oGrowing Pains4 oWalking dead5 oThe top 10 barriers and inhibitors to eCommerce5 oThe Speed Limit6 oThe Bright Future a head for some conclusion7 oWorks Cited7 The other Great American Pastime In 1969 The United States Department of Defense started a project called ARPANet Advanced Research Projects Agency Network to exchange research information It eventually linked the computers of several universities and research centers across the country and over time it developed into the worldwide Internet as we know it today In less than a decade the Internet has gone from an obscure technological toy for computer geeks to a fixture of everyday life More than half 52 of US households had Internet access as of July 2000 according to research by Nielson Netratings This is a 35 increase from last year and the firm predicts 60 of American households will be online by the end of 2000 The average minutes of 55000 US Internet users online in July 2000 was more than 1123 minutes The most remarkable thing about it all is how important it has become to us A web use has increased nearly four hours per month from about 125 hours in June 1999 to nearly 165 hours in June 2000 in the last year alone 38 of a random sample of 1000 Internet users felt the Internet was nearly a necessity in their lives Dialing up for dollars Money is the single largest factor in influencing and speeding the growth of the Internet The Internets transformation from a small network of university and government research computers to the mass media that it is is due mainly to entrepreneurs recognizing its potential as marketing resource The Internet can be compared to the radio about 80 years ago Big businesses realized just how influential it could be started to advertise And thanks to money paid
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