Starting with just a few countries in 1990, the number of countries connected to the Internet crossed 200 by mid- 1998 and 214 in 2000.
The number of machines connected to the Internet varies widely across the world.
In North America, where the Internet originated, has over 182 million users, accounting for 30% of the world's users but only 5.6% of the world's population.
Europe, with its early connection to the ARPANET, currently has the highest number of Internet users (more than 190 million).
Asia and the Pacific, with over 60% of the world's population, are experiencing some of the most rapid growth in recent years and are expected to double their number of Internet users by 2005.
The possibility of regulations designed to mandate the neutrality of the Internet has been subject to fierce debate around the world.
Internet regulation is basically restricting or controlling access to certain aspects or information.
Internet regulation consists of the following elements: Censorship of data, and controlling aspects of the Internet such as domain registration, IP address control .