An examination of the transition of the Internet from a research network to a network where all types of transmissions are permitted has shown that the government has succeeded in creating a socially acceptable network. Since the needs of researchers and businesses are both met, few can complain about the structure of the Internet today. The governmentıs "fostering" of the Internet to standardize new technologies also benefits citizens in that it eventually provides them with a network that performs well. While there was a great deal of debate before the Internet was privatized, it is clear today that the governmentıs strategy for developing the Internet has been a success.

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