Internet Facts

  • The Internet is a vast network linking millions of computers around the world.
  • The Internet began in the 1960s when the US Army developed a network called ARPAnet to link computers.
  • To access the Internet computer data is translated into a form that can be sent through phone lines with a modern (short for modulator/demodulator).
  • Computers access the Internet via a local phone to a large computer called the Internet Service Provider (ISP).
  • Each ISP is connected to a giant computer called a main hub. There are about 100 linked main hubs worldwide.
  • Some links between hubs are made via phone lines; some are made via satellite.
  • Links between hubs arc called fast-track connections.
  • The World Wide Web is a way of finding your way to the data in sites on all the computers linked to the Internet. The Web makes hyperlinks (fast links) to sites with the word you select.
  • The World Wide Web was invented in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee of the CERN laboratories in Switzerland.