The Internet began in response to the U.S. military's request for development of a communication system that could successfully deliver messages to their intended destinations regardless if part of the system had failed. Engineers from private companies created the first 'interneting' network in 1969, linking four universities in California and Utah. Throughout the 1970's, the network grew in size as additional government agencies, research facilities, universities and military bases began using the software to link to one another. By the end of the 70's and early 80's, independent networks were created. These networks laid the foundation for broadcast messaging, allowing the user to send a single message to countless users at once. In the early 80's, the current software protocol that enables Internet traffic to pass from one host to another was born, and is still in use. By the early 90's, more sophisticated messaging and information retrieval tools were created. For more information on the Internet, please contact your local Internet service provider.
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