The Internet – Yes everyone of us are familiar with the internet, but when I speak with people, most of the people have a big misconception about internet and how it works. People take the creation of internet for granted but one thing that tickles thier brains is when they are asked how actually internet works ? Where are the files saved ? Where do you get the files from ?
Stop blabbering, now tell me how it works ?
So the internet is generally global system of interconnected computer networks. Yes it is the biggest network of computers on earth. All the computers connected to the internet are actually connected to each other through the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) which in turn are connected to the bigger routers or the backbone of the internet. This backbone is a computer network of commercial organisations, government organisations, military, academics etc. The backbone is a large server where the data is exchanged or transferred through. These backbones are connected to each other through fiber optical cables. The ISPs are connected to these backbones through fiber optic cables in order to minimize the transmission loss. Then the users are connected to ISPs through cables or wireless routers. There is an authority called The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) which coordinates the assignment of unique identifiers on the Internet, like the IP Addresses and the Domain Name so that you can analyze what is being done from where to conserve the security throughout. So this is how your internet works.
If it is just a network then why is it not free ?
This is the first question that flicks one mind. Well if the internet is just a network of computers then isn’t it free ? Even I wonder that but the thing is the backbones are very high end servers that might require heavy maintenance and the under sea cables and fibers that might need regular maintenance. So for maintaining the backbones and the connections they require good volume of currency which might be charged by the ISPs. Even the ISPs have their instruments to be maintained so they charge the end user. That’s it! Maybe on earth a day will come when you might get internet for free, as of now we need to pay.
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