What is the Internet? (1 of 2)

The Internet is a global network of computers connecting individual computers and networks together into one huge network.

The Internet was first developed in the 1960s by the U.S. military to avoid the loss of communication in the event of any single installation being inaccessible due to war or natural disasters.

Even if a main centre is not functioning, data can take a different route through the Internet to reach its final destination.

It was not until the end of the 1980s that the Internet really began to grow. The National Science Foundation (NSF) set up five supercomputer centres for university research so information could be shared between universities throughout the USA.