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The Internet is a series of interconnected networks operating on a common set of protocols. These protocols provide the foundation to support the applications most often associated with the Internet. These applications include the World Wide Web (www), instant messaging (IM), voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), file transfer protocol (ftp), and e-mail. The Internet is accessed from a wide variety of communication platforms, including telephone lines, cable, fiber optics, satellites, and cellular networks. Users connect to the Internet with a variety of devices including personal computers, cell phones, appliances, and gaming consoles. In short, the Internet is a network of networks that facilitates the interactions between computers, devices, and users. While not developed directly for a military application, its creation was largely influenced and funded ...

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