As the twenty-first century approaches, global interest in the Internet has skyrocketed. Although the United States pioneered the exploration of the electronic frontier, the Internet is becoming increasingly popular in Europe and Asia. Governments and private sector businesses in these countries are racing to develop telecommunication infrastructures which will make the Internet universally accessible and affordable. As a result, the Internet is beginning to change the way people all over the world "work, live, learn, and communicate with one another."
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