Nothing in the history of the world has equaled the explosive growth of the internet. It has become an integral part of people’s daily lives, expanding from 16 million users in 1995 to almost 3.8 billion by March, 2017. The internet boasts more than a billion websites with more added every minute and is used by approximately 40% of people worldwide. However, the internet’s reach doesn’t yet extend to every corner of the globe.
Putting the Internet in Perspective
The development and expansion of the world’s telephone infrastructure laid the groundwork for the eventual explosion of the internet. Alexander Graham Bell made the first phone call in 1876, but for many years phones were only available to the wealthy. Others wrote letters or sent telegrams in emergencies. It wasn’t until the early twentieth century that phones became a fixture in homes worldwide. The internet was not widely accessed until the 1990s.
Taking the Internet to Mars
The definition of “remote regions” is expanding far beyond a cabin sitting on a mountaintop. Elon Musk, the entrepreneurial founder of SpaceX, plans to expand the internet to Mars. He plans to accomplish this by placing hundreds of satellites in orbit above the earth.
Satellites – Expanding the Internet