Check out the history of your favorite websites through the Internet Archive, where you can view things such as the history of Adobe Flash as it will be retired and no longer receive updates at the end of 2020.
history of the internet
Victor wants to know how the Internet works and who owns it. The Internet is essentially a collection of networks. There's a great book about its foundation called Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet by Katie Hafner. It was a project of DARPA which got computers and networks to talk to each other. So in essence, the Internet is merely a protocol, with individual networks owning each other. The wires between them, however, are owned by ISP companies.