How big is the Internet?

Tony Tauber ttauber at
Thu Aug 15 22:04:19 UTC 2013

All this goes to the point that the original question was poorly worded and
I daresay ill-conceived.
There's no "one number" or "one metric", much less "one definition".
It all depends on what the real question is that you're trying to answer
and why.

There is plenty of room for study; though it's necessary to start with some
circumscribed question.
Of course the answers you may get won't likely then be readily applicable
to answering some other question that may come in the future.


On Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM, Scott Howard <scott at> wrote:

> You'd almost think this was a technology mailing list given some of the
> answers...  (ohh.. wait!)
> How about this - the size of the Internet is just short of 3 billion.
> That's the number of people that have access to it.  To me, that's a far
> more telling number than anything around IP address or Exabytes of data.
>   Scott

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