A class B network number uses 16 bits for the network number and 16 bits for host numbers. The first byte of a class B network number is in the range 128–191. In the number 188.8.131.52, the first two bytes, 129.144, are assigned by the InterNIC, and compose the network address. The last two bytes, 50.56, compose the host address, and are assigned at the discretion of the owner of the network number. The following figure graphically illustrates a class B address.