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How did the Internet get its name?

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April 06, 2016 7:18AM

The internet is a bunch of computer networks that are internally connected to each other on a global range, such that Inter: Internal and Net: Networks.

The Internet (capitalized) was a development of the original ARPANET used by the US Department of Defense (Advanced Research Projects Agency NET) beginning in 1963.


The Internet got its name from AT&T's UNIX operating system, released in the late 1960's. UNIX was the first operating system that would run on different models of computers, and used a common communications protocol called TCP/IP to talk between the different machines.

One of the earliest uses of the name is from 1974, in a Request for Comments entitled Specification of Internet Transmission Control Program, by Vinton Cerf, Yogen Dalal, and Carl Sunshine, where the term internet was used as a shorthand for internetworking.