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Term of art?[edit]

I'm not sure that internet is a term of art. The term inter- comes from the latin meaning between, so an internet is in between networks. When people want to speak of the global network in between organizational networks, they refer to the Internet with the capital I. When they mean a small IP based network between organizations, other than over the Internet, they refer to that as an extranet or rarely, an inter-network, but not an internet, becuase that would be confusing since it is impossible to tell if someone is speaking with a capital I or a lower case one. When they are referring to an IP based network inside their organization, that is referred to as an intranet.


I'd like to get some capitalization clarification on the use of this word.—This comment was unsigned.

Very simple. Internet refers to the global network, the Internet, though some very small amount of edited print usage uses the uncapitalised form. The uncapitalised form is used for any group of interconnected networks that are isolated or isolatable from the global network, usually for security reasons. DCDuring TALK 16:24, 19 February 2009 (UTC)

Use of the Internet Protocol is not required[edit]

The first definition seems too specific:

1. Any set of computer networks that communicate using the Internet Protocol. (An intranet.)

An internet is any network of networks. The networks do not have to use the Internet Protocol.

In addition internet is sometimes used as a verb or adjective. See the terminology section in the Internet article in the English Wikipedia. --W163 (talk) 14:44, 27 February 2013 (UTC)