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Millions of computers all over the world called servers are connected together via the Internet, a network system that was developed in the 60s and 70s by the U.S. military. Across phone lines, high-speed cables, and satellite antennae, computers on the Internet talk to each other in agreed-upon formats called protocols.

When your computer is connected to the Internet, usually through an Internet provider to which you pay a monthly fee, your computer is said to be "on the Net" just like the servers are—that is, your computer actually becomes part of the Internet. In Internet lingo, your computer is the client requesting information from the server, and clients and servers are what the Internet is all about.


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