1998: The Internet Protocol version 6 introduced, to allow for future growth of Internet Addresses.

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Over time the network speeds up and regional research and education networks, supported in part by NSF, are connected to the NSFNET backbone — effectively expanding the Internet throughout the United States.

The NSFNET was essentially a network of networks that connected academic users along with the ARPANET.

in Massachusetts, becomes the first registered domain.

1986: The National Science Foundation’s NSFNET goes online to connected supercomputer centers at 56,000 bits per second — the speed of a typical dial-up computer modem.

1979: USENET forms to host news and discussion groups.

1981: The National Science Foundation (NSF) provided a grant to establish the Computer Science Network (CSNET) to provide networking services to university computer scientists.

This is easier to remember than the previous designation for websites, such as 123.456.789.10.

1984: William Gibson, author of "Neuromancer," is the first to use the term "cyberspace." 1985: Symbolics.com, the website for Symbolics Computer Corp.

1992: The first audio and video are distributed over the Internet. 1993: The number of websites reaches 600 and the White House and United Nations go online.