chapter  4
Telecommunications policy and the evolution of the internet
ByRobert W. Crandall
Pages 27

The rise of the internet has been dramatic, Ten years ago there was no internet; the World Wide Web had just been born in a laboratory in Switzerland. The networking of computers was limited to universities, research laboratories, and a few large businesses. As late as 1994, many individuals in the developed economies were still only vaguely aware of the existence of a ubiquitous network through which they could access certain information and send messages. Even by the dawn of the new millennium, only 40 per cent of United States households had internet connections,1 and the percentage was substantially lower in other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.