The Internet (or Net) was the term for the early global computer and communications network on Earth in the 20th and 21st centuries. Its development, along with other advanced technology such as laptops and barcode readers, was due to the work of Chronowerx Industries and Henry Starling. (VOY: "Future's End, Part II")
By the 2020s, the Interface became the primary public means of accessing the Net. A number of channels, such as Channel 90, posted information through the Net. To access the Net, a person had to log on with a specific access number.
Some agencies, such as Sanctuary Districts, did not post their records over the Net. In 2024, during the Bell Riots, a group of residents of Sanctuary District A, led by Benjamin Sisko in the guise of Gabriel Bell, were able to access Channel 90 on the Net and present their stories. This changed public opinion and led to the abolition of sanctuary districts. (DS9: "Past Tense, Part I", "Past Tense, Part II")