Although there are many disputes and misunderstandings about the history of the Internet, it is known that it began in the 1960's by the Advanced Research Projects Ageny (ARPA) of the United States Department of Defense. The ARPA created a network of computers known as ARPAnet, and originally ARPAnet was only connected to military or government computers. The original use for this network was to serve as a way of communicating in the even of a disaster such as war or nuclear holocaust.
Soon after the development of ARPAnet, universities and technological institutions started to develop their own computer networks, and later these networks were joined with ARPAnet to form the Internet. However, even at this time the Internet was not nearly as widespread in use and was not as powerful as it is today.
Although the United States government and military was responsible for much of the Internet's development, they were not the only ones who contributed. Although data was being transmitted through networks ever since the 60's, the first webpage was not developed until 1990 by a laboratory in Switzerland (CERN). Even at that time it was believed that the Internet would only be used for government, military, and scientific reasons.
However, by the year 1998 millions of people were using the Internet. The Internet's major population boost is somewhat of a mystery, as the steps of development between the 1990 creation of a webpage and the modern Internet remain somewhat fuzzy and controversial.
Over 145 countries currently access the Internet and there are more than 60 million users.
The number of Internet users over the age of 16 in the U.S. and Canada has gone over 92
The number 1 category of items shopped for online was cars and car pats, with 18.2 million
The growth in Internet users' accounts has been about 1400% since 1995.