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Internet Evolution: History of Unified Communications

ConnectThe Internet is a global network that interconnects computers using a standard IP or internet protocol in an effort to provide unified communications to legions of computer users from any location that has an IP address. The Internet as a whole holds massive amounts of information that are hosted on servers around the globe. The Internet’s physical make-up is extensive and no single unit has possession of the hardware that constructs its framework. There is no single physical unit that manages the Internet, however, every country has their own governing rules to abide by.  The main control measure for the Internet exists in the form of the ICANN or Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers, who have control over the DNS (Domain Name System) and IP addresses.

Unified Communications Amongst Humans Is Ever-Evolving

The method in which information, unified communications and entertainment are presented and given access to has been revolutionized by the Internet. There are protocols such as:

  • IPTV (Internet Protocol Television)
  • VoIP (Voice-over Internet Protocol)

Reading materials such as:

  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Books

These sources are all modernized in forms of web feeds and blogs.

Basic Timeline of Unified Communications Methods

The delivery of messages amongst humans have evolved over time in many shapes and forms, but here are a few to consider to illustrate the point in order:

  1. Hand Delivery
  2. Pony Express
  3. Trains, Planes & Automobiles
  4. Telegraph (Morse Code)
  5. Email
  6. Cell Phones
  7. Social Media & Other Internet Forums

Some (Not All) of the Internet’s Founding Fathers & History

The Internet as we know it, was a result of ARPA’s (Advanced Research Project Agency) attempt to address the need to provide unified communications between all the universities in the US so they can share all the research information in the most convenient and fastest possible time, and the project became a success in 1969. So with this successful project, they have realized and explored the networking potential and in 1971, Ray Tomlinson created the system to send mail electronically. There were many obstacles that ensued before the system of internet became truly effective in the form of glitches and on a larger scale, worms that effected as many as 10% of the user network. But after that, World Wide Web was founded by Tim Berners-Lee and is perceived as a service to link files and documents in Websites with hyperlinks. World Wide Web is a massive software subset of the internet that is focused on disseminating HTML structured pages across the Internet.