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What is the Internet

A network of networks, connecting many private, business, academic, and government computers worldwide into an infrastructure upon which many services are delivered


ISP (Internet Service Provider)

Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Cogent, etc.
ISPs also provide residential connections
ISPs might be for profit or some kind of consortium


Open standards/protocol

Agreed upon set of rules (protocols) or conventions governing communication among Internet nodes
Available free to everyone
The universal use of protocols TCP and IP enables the flow of data on the Internet. They are commonly named together: TCP/IP


Distributed ownership

Different portions of the infrastructure are owned by different entities


Multitude of devices

Millions of smaller digital networks linking a wide-range of intelligent devices (nodes)