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1.13. I sometimes see the word internet with a lowercase i. Is that different than Internet with an uppercase I?

Sometimes you'll see the word internet with a lowercase i rather than an uppercase one. The lowercase internet refers to any network based on the TCP/IP communications protocols. The word internet originally referred to any meta-network, or network of networks. You'll occasionally see it referring to any computer network composed of smaller networks. That's not to be confused with capitalized Internet, which refers to a specific network of networks, the largest one of them all. Internet with a capital I refers to the ultimate in meta-networks, the world's largest network of people and computers.

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