Business is conducted over the Internet every day, and the amount of it is increasing at an unprecedented pace. As the number of Internet users triples every few years, the availability of both customers and suppliers continues to expand. Business transactions over the Internet are expected to reach a trillion dollars annually by 2003. Digital video cameras and faster access speeds allow businesses to hold international conferences over the Internet. Secure transmissions that encode information make it safe to send your credit card number to a merchant on the web. Advertisers have discovered the value of using the Internet as a way to transmit product information quickly and easily to prospective clients. Virtually every T-V commercial now lists the sponsor's Web address. It's not just giant corporations that are doing Internet business, either. Individuals buy, sell, and trade goods and services every day through Usenet newsgroups. These factors, plus the rapid growth in the number of users, may eventually make the Internet one of the primary places to conduct all sorts of business.
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