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"Internet2-A Future So Bright"

By Guest Writer A. T. Rendon

Some months ago, a scam artist was attempting to sell participation in the "New Internet". As it turned out, the offer to secure yourself an e-commerce spot in the next generation Internet was a scam.

"But the Internet 2 is as real as it gets."

Launched in 1996, the Internet2 offers lightning-fast connections to two fiber-optic backbone networks that ensure data arrives at its destination without loss or delay and already connects at least one university in each of the 50 states in the US.

Abilene, the Internet2(R) backbone network, is in operation at speeds up to 2.4 gigabits per second, or 45,000 times faster than a typical modem.

It was developed in partnership with Qwest Communications, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and Indiana University.

It currently provides nationwide high-performance networking capabilities for over 180 Internet2 universities, which, in addition to high speed, provides advanced networking services such as multi-casting, IPv6, enables advanced applications such as High-Definition TV, tele-medicine and remote access to scientific instruments.

TV may soon stream into your home via your computer in a quality and level never before envisioned. And the average person may well be able to create their own TV shows right on their own home computer.

Speed was one of the major reasons for the inception of the "New Internet". Government and educational institutions were beginning to get bogged down within the old Internet network system. If the original vision was to be maintained, a new system would have to be implemented.

At the moment, only government, universities and corporate sponsors are allowed to participate. It is still in research and the network itself is still under development.

One of the reasons individuals are not allowed into the club are the monetary restrictions. Although many an individual might be willing and able to plunk down the yearly fee of $10,000 to $25,000, the cost of accessing the network itself can run $1,000,000 or more.

What are the current participants getting for their money?

"This milestone in advanced networking opens possibilities for researchers, students and teachers at universities across the country to collaborate with each other and to access resources in ways not possible using the commercial Internet," said Steve Corbató, Internet2 director of backbone network infrastructure.

"Abilene provides a unique leading-edge network environment that enables people to experiment with and test new capabilities that can make their way into the global Internet."

Internet2(R) is developing and deploying advanced network applications and technologies for research and also for higher education, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet.

Internet2 recreates the partnership of academia, industry and government that helped foster today's Internet in its infancy.

Internet2 is expected to go, "Public", in about 3 to 5 years. That is when the average Internet surfer will have access.

However, no one is certain what that actually means.

If you were excited by the possibilities of the Internet, the future is far brighter for Internet2. So get out your best pair of shades and your thinking cap because the new frontier just got even newer.

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