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You can't study networking and its related technologies without very quickly encountering a whole host of standards that are related to the subject, as well as the organizations that create these standards. Network standards facilitate the interoperability of network technologies and are extremely important. It may be an exaggeration to say that networking would not exist without standards, but it isn't an exaggeration to say that networking as we know it would not exist without them. Networks are literally everywhere, and every hardware device or protocol is governed by at least one standard ...

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