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The Internet is the "granddad" of networks, linking computers to computers sharing the TCP/IP protocols. Each runs software to provide or "serve" information so computer users in different locations can have access and view the same information.

The Internet is the transport vehicle for the information stored in files or documents on another computer. It can be compared to an international communications utility servicing computers.

The Internet is sometimes compared to a giant international plumbing system. The Internet itself does not contain information. It is a slight misstatement to say a "document was found on the Internet. " It would be more correct to say it was found through or using the Internet . What it was found in (or on) is one of the computers linked to the Internet .

Through the Internet , you can download software, participate in interactive forums where users post and respond to public messages, and even join "chats," in which you and other users type (and, in some cases, speak) messages that are received by the chat participants instantly.

In addition you have access to text documents, graphics files (digitized photographs and artwork), and even files that contain digitized sound and video.

The Internet grows larger each as more people not only connect to each other through the Internet but are actively creating a place to share anything and everything with each other.


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