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As a proper noun, and as something commonly referred to in everyday life, I've heard both "the internet," and "internet" when using it as a noun. Ex:

I went on the Internet

Vs.

I found my answer via Internet

Although the second of the two sounds more awkward when saying it out loud, is it still acceptable?

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I would never use it without "the".

Note that your counter example may well not be one. It appears to be parallel to phrases like "by train" and "on foot", which don't use an article that would otherwise be needed.

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    Hmm... Looking for a counterexample? 1986, Network World: "The electronic mail net runs over Internet, an international network of networks operated by the Department of Defense." There are many other counterexamples I could bring up, so I think there's more to this. – Laurel May 15 '17 at 18:22
  • There may be. That example, however, is from ancient history, before most people had even heard of (the) Internet, so it does not reliably tell us anything about the use of the word in current English. – Colin Fine May 15 '17 at 20:02
  • Thank you! It's good to see it written out that 'Internet' without 'the' is something others wouldn't use. It's been a personal pet peeve of mine to see it come up as often as it does without the article (in situations that wouldn't eliminate the article like 'by' would). – Benny Lewis May 15 '17 at 23:59

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