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At the technical and developmental level, the Internet is made possible through creation, testing and implementation of Internet Standards. These standards are developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force. The standards are then considered by the Internet Engineering Steering Group, with appeal to the Internet Architecture Board, and promulgated by the Internet Society as international standards. The RFC Editor is responsible for preparing and organizing the standards in their final form. The standards may be found at numerous sites distributed throughout the world, such as the Internet Engineering Task Force.

Vint Cerf has written a brief history of the relationship of the Internet Society with the Internet Engineering Task Force.

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