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By the late 1980s, ARPANET and other existing computer networks were merged to form the Internet.The diffusion of this technology started out slowly but after approximately eighteen years, its adoption made an exponential rise to where it is today.
It was estimated that in 2002 there were 544 million users of the Internet international (Rogers, 2003) and that number is growing exponentially.
Today, the interactive communication era is having a profound impact on many aspects of life.
Individuals to large conglomerates have all adopted this new technology by and large due to the development of the Internet.
One of the biggest users of computers and computer networks is the business environment.
Most companies have local and wide area networks that link individual computers from the same location and multiple locations to each other so that information and messages can be shared.
Rogers (2003) recounts the development of the Internet to 1969 when the ARPANET network was developed to allow thirty US Department of Defense contractors to share computer software and databases.