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Five years ago: 18.1 million went online in 1996

Roughly 18.1 million people went online in 1996, according to Telecommunications Reports International's latest Information and Interactive Services Report

First published 6 February, 1997

The census covered both online services and the Internet and found that at a peak in the fourth quarter the sign-up rate was 33,000 a day. However, non-US markets will have to be a big contributor if the growth is to continue as the US is slowing up, the report concludes.