Who Pays for the Web?

Stef nodded in agreement, but Claude and Anita seemed surprised by that. “I thought,” Claude said, “that the Web was started by the government. You know, for military research.”

“You're confusing the Web and the Internet, Claude,” I said. “The Internet came first. As you said, its roots were in the military. Originally, the Internet linked educational, research, military, and governmental organizations together for noncommercial purposes. It was considered 'dirty' to use the Internet for purely commercial purposes.”

“Not any more!” said Stef.

“No,” I agreed, “so things have changed. But the Web we know today began in the early 90s as a simple collaboration tool for physicists and other scientists. The Internet already existed, ...

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