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Response to rgbecker (Reply #8)

Tue May 11, 2021, 07:40 AM

12. "The service should be taken over by the Federal Government"

The original "pipelines" were owned and operated by the federal government (in the U.S.) and were eventually commercialized in the late '80s/'early '90s. By the time Windoze 95 came out, the "world wide web" had already been established, with private ISPs (Internet Service Providers) offering internet access from their own portals, which provided links to top-level domain sites for commercial sites (i.e., other than .gov, .mil, & .edu, IOW the now ubiquitous ".com" sites).

Windoze 95, with Microsoft building their own browser (Internet Explorer) into their OS (which generated lawsuits galore from other browser creators like Netscape, forcing Microsoft to untangle IE from their OS and allow installation of something different), and being automatically installed on probably 99% of new computers, did introduce many to the "web".

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