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I have seen two questions about this asked in 2010 and 2011.

The answers there say that capitalised Internet is correct for the World Wide Web, and that lowercase internet is correct for any other similar network.

However, Google ngrams shows that usage of the capitalised Internet peaked in 2002 and declined until at least 2008 (by 27% by the time the data stop), while lowercase internet continued to gain in usage over the same period, although not overtaking the other.

I know that capitalised Internet is still prescribed, but does it reflect actual usage in 2018? Is lowercase internet now used more than capitalised Internet?

  • Oh yes, I don’t expect funding for the internet to disappear any time soon.... ;-) – Jim May 29 '18 at 1:11
  • This is a matter of style. Adhere to the discipline of your editor, publication, or organization, or in the absence of a house style, select a style guide appropriate to your audience and tastes and be consistent in its application. – choster May 29 '18 at 2:35
  • Actual usage by whom? Is there a specific area (e.g. books, news, web) we should be focusing on (or ignoring)? – Laurel May 29 '18 at 2:41
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    The 2017 editions of both the Associated Press Stylebook and The Chicago Manual of Style changed their previous recommendation, and now advocate for it to be in lowercase. If you follow either of those guides, uppercase should be dropped. (But if you follow a different guide, check with its most recent edition.) – Jason Bassford May 29 '18 at 6:18

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