History of the internet summary
The development of electronic computers is the start of internet growth in the 1950s. Networks such as ARPANET were developed in the late 60s and early 70s using a variety of communications protocols. Commercial Internet service providers began to emerge in the late 80s.
Since the mid 1990s, the internet has had an impact on culture and commerce. There was the rise of close to instant communication by electronic mail, instant messaging and the World Wide Web with its discussion forums, blogs, social networking and online shopping sites.
Today, the internet continues to grow, driven by ever greater amounts of online information, commerce, entertainment and social networking. The amount of information shared on social networking sites is by far greater than any that has been shared orally over past decades. People no longer communicate orally rather prefer the new means and revenues brought about by technology.
Early computers used the technology available at the time to allow communication between the central processing unit and remote terminals. With advance in technology, new systems were discovered to allow communications over longer distances with higher speed.
A lot of technicality surrounds the evolution of the internet over time but eventually, different people have the opportunity of enjoying high speed internet.
The first live Internet link into low earth orbit was established on January 22, 2010 when astronaut T. J. Creamer posted the first unassisted update to his Twitter account from the International Space Station marking the extension of internet into space.
The internet operates without a central governing body. The internet system has however had an “Internet Assigned Numbers Authority” (IANA) for the allocation and assignment of various technical identifiers needed for operation of the internet.
In this ‘global village’ nothing is unachievable thanks to the internet.