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Here's what you have to do to get WAY faster Internet

Here's what you have to do to get WAY faster Internet
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Your Internet speeds are about to improve dramatically and you don't even have to shell out extra money for a better package from your Internet service provider. That's because the World Wide Web is finally getting a long overdue overhaul that will help modern pages load faster and handle multimedia content more affectively.

You know the HTTP that comes before a Web address? That stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol and it's the way that Web browsers and servers communicate when you want to load a Web page. HTTP was originally created in 1991 and hasn't been updated in quite a while.

This was improved over many years and finalised as HTTP 1.1 in 1999, the current standard used worldwide. Over the years the web has changed dramatically, introducing images, complex style sheets and Javascript code, Flash and other embedded elements and more. The original HTTP was a simple protocol for a simple web, it was not designed to handle increasingly media-rich websites.

Now, thanks to Google and the Internet Engineering Task Force, there's a new protocol in town called HTTP/2 that some browsers and servers could start using in as little as a few weeks. The new HTTP/2 is designed to handle modern websites complete with all of their multimedia content, which should result in noticeably faster load times.

Next page: Learn more about HTTP/2.
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