It seems as though the internet has been around forever, but in actually it hasn’t been that long.  While the internet itself may go back a little deeper in history, the public has only been using the World Wide Web since the mid 1990’s. 

The history of the internet actually dates all the way back to the mid 1950’s.  It was during this period that the United States military began looking into ways to have better communication between networks.  This work lead to a project known as the United States Defense Advanced Research Project or DARPA.  However, this project was never meant to be used in a public way.  Instead, it was meant to allow research centers and universities to be connected in order to better share research and other work.  It wasn’t until the 1970’s when Steve Crocker developed the TCP/IP that allowed the internet to grow into what it is today.  The TCP/IP is what makes the internet work and allows serves and computers to communicate with each other. 

By the time the 1980’s rolled around, the internet was in a form that we would somewhat recognize today.  However, it was still not ready for regular consumers to use.  In fact, the technology was just not there at the time.  Still, it could be used by universities, the military and research centers.

It wasn’t until dial-up internet came about that the World Wide Web was finally ready to break out of its shell and be ready for commercial use.  The internet did manage to catch on even despite a few major obstacles.  One is that dial-up is incredibly slow.  The second is that a second phone line had to be run to the house and dedicated for internet use.  Finally, it was broadband that allowed the internet to really take off and reach its full potential. 

However, even broadband faced some hurdles when first introduced.  The major hurdle was its cost.  This is because there were only a few companies who provided service, but as the number of companies grew, so did availability and the price came down as well.  This has allowed for service to take off and has allowed for speeds to get faster and faster. 

Today, there are more people using high speed broadband in their homes than those who use dial-up.  In fact, dial-up is almost useless in today’s world of graphics, video and audio driven websites. 

The future of broadband looks bright.  Today, people regularly use the internet for all such of things such as shopping, job hunting, gaming, social networking, downloading music and watching television or movies.  Broadband is also being used more and more in businesses as well as in homes.  Broadband is also growing on a wireless spectrum as well.  A lot of people now access high speed internet service through their smart phones or tablet computers.  No matter how you get online, speed will continue to increase as will the fanciness of the websites that we use on a daily basis. 

Brent Johnson