Originating in the late 1960s as an experimental network designed to facilitate military research, what is now known as the Internet became a cooperative effort between the U.S. Department of Defense, certain defense contractors and other major corporations, research institutions, and selected major universities to create an information-sharing system that would be able to run even in the event of a major military attack. Information could be routed any number of ways to reach a given destination; if one node were knocked out, information could be routed over other nodes. During the 1970s and 1980s, this network grew enormously by adding first hundreds of computer systems in a few countries, then later thousands of computer systems all around the world, to the network. In fact, the Internet is actually a network of networks. Calls to other computers can involve several "bounces" from one network to another for no charge beyond whatever costs the user incurs to access the Internet computer site thousands of miles away.
Sites On The Net
The inner City Computer Society/Technology Page