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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
Written by Martin Veitch, Contributor

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.

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