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A History of Speed as the World Wide Web Turns 25

A History of Speed as the World Wide Web Turns 25

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This week marks the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web. Though there had been networks of computers within research institutions and defense agencies, access was restricted. But on August 23, 1991 CERN opened its network to the public, establishing the World Wide Web.

Since then, the internet has grown up quite a bit. In 2016, residential cable connection speeds are topping out at 2 Gbps. To understand how large that growth is, we’ve put together a handy graph that helps put these internet speeds into perspective.

Rise of Broadband Speeds

For more information, be sure to check out our pages on America’s Internet Leadership and Closing the Digital Divide.