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Computers connected to the Internet are identified by a unique Internet Protocol number (IP number) that designates their specific location, thereby making it possible to send and receive messages and to access information from computers anywhere on the Internet.

When the Internet was first developing, the IP numbers were assigned and maintained by the late Dr. Jon Postel at the University of Southern California; this effort later became known as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority ("IANA"), which still allocates IP numbers today. . . . Postel took on this task when he was a graduate student at UCLA, pursuant to a contract between the Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ("DARPA") and UCLA. Management of Internet Names and Addresses, 62 Fed. Reg. 31741 (1998).[1]


  1. PGMedia, Inc. v. Network Solutions, Inc., 51 F.Supp.2d 389, 391 (S.D.N.Y. 1999) (full-text).