Last modified on 27 February 2013, at 15:02

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BGP is not required between all computers on the InternetEdit

The first definition reads:

1. The specific internet consisting of a global network of computers that communicate using Internet Protocol (IP) and that use Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to identify the best paths to route those communications.

But BGP is not required as the routing protocol between all computers on the Internet. A better definition might be:

1. The global network of computer networks that communicate using the Internet Protocol (IP) family of networking protocols.

or if someone insists that BGP be part of the definition, perhaps:

1. The global network of computer networks that communicate using the Internet Protocol (IP) family of networking protocols and use the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to identify the best paths to route communications between the networks.

Personally I like the first alternative better. I don't think that most people know or should have to know what routing protocol is used. The key things to emphasize are the network of computer networks and the use of the IP family of protocols. We want to demphasize the individual computers since many networks in addition to the Internet connect individual computers. --W163 (talk) 15:02, 27 February 2013 (UTC)