What are network protocols and standards?

Ok for my assignment i have to answer this question and give some examples, believe me this is a last resort as i don't like people doing work for me but i cannot find anything that i understand enough to put into my own words.. My assignment just says 'Network protocols and standards: types eg TCP/IP,... show more Ok for my assignment i have to answer this question and give some examples, believe me this is a last resort as i don't like people doing work for me but i cannot find anything that i understand enough to put into my own words..

My assignment just says 'Network protocols and standards: types eg TCP/IP, AppleTalk'

Any info or links that could help me is appreciated!
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