More Than 50 000 Libraries Connected To Internet2

I don’t believe we ever talked about Internet2 and I don’t want you to be confused and think that this is some sort of a new invention that somehow went under the radar of our blog.

" Formed in 1996, Internet2 is a not-for-profit advanced network consortium led by the U.S. research and higher education community. Its goals are to provide leading-edge network capabilities and to facilitate the development, deployment, and use of revolutionary Internet technologies. Starting with 34 universities, Internet2 has grown to more than 300 members, including more than 200 U.S. universities working in cooperation with 70 leading corporations, 45 government agencies, laboratories, and other research institutions."

The Internet2 connection between all of the above mentioned members of the Internet2 consortium is nothing we have ever seen: it takes about 3 seconds " to download a DVD-quality movie on the 100-Gbps Internet2 backbone as opposed to 6.5 hours with a T-1 connection and 25 hours on a DSL or cable modem."

The good news is that since 2001 the Internet2 K20 initiative was started and the incredibly fast connection was extended to public libraries and 50,000 currently are part of Internet2.

More details about Internet2 are available from the article "Internet2 and Libraries" in the latest issue of Computers in Libraries.

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