I remember a time back in 1993 - 1994 for a couple months at our university the Internet was used as a noncount noun, so we would say:
Do you have Internet at your university?
In fact, the Internet has a lot of similarities to electricity and we would say:
Do you have electricity in your house?
But gradually other people just started to say "the Internet" and so our little group at the university followed suit and never thought about it again.
Does anyone remember any official journalistic decision on this, or was our group just an early anomaly?