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What Is The Internet Sometime in the mid 1960s during the Cold War it became apparent that there was a need for a bombproof communications system A concept was devised to link computers together throughout the country With such a system in place large sections of the country could be nuked and messages could still get through In the beginning only government think tanks and a few universities were linked Basically the Internet was an emergency military communications system operated by the Department of Defenses Advanced Research Project Agency ARPA The whole operation was referred to as ARPANET In time ARPANET computers were installed at every university in the United States that had defense related funding Gradually the Internet had gone from a military pipeline to a communications tool for scientists As more scholars came online the administration of the system transferred from ARPA to the National Science Foundation Years later businesses began using the Internet and the administrative responsibilities were once again transferred At this time no one party operates the Internet there are several entities that oversee the system and the protocols that are involved The speed of the Internet has changed the way people receive information It combines the immediacy of broadcast with the in-depth coverage of newspapersmaking it a perfect source for news and weather information About
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