the Internet

The Internet is a global network, connecting many smaller individual networks. For example, the computer in your dorm room is connected to another computer on campus. The campus is then connected to a larger network in the state. The Missouri network is connected to regional, national and international networks.

The Internet is also a set of "protocols" that allow you to communicate with people, move files between computers, and find and share information. The protocols you are likely to use are:

email
for communicating with people across the Internet
http
(hypertext transfer protocol) for making Web pages accessible
voip
(voice over internet protocol) for transmitting voice data across the Internet
ftp
(file transfer protocol) for transferring files from one computer to another across the Internet
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