Two New “Internets” Will Bring Increased Speed and Security To Education Technology Users

Syllabus, November/December 1998, p. 32

Two new high-speed versions of the Internet are in development that in the next two to four years will transform the way educators and the scientific community work with each other online.

The Next Generation Internet (NGI) will feature enhanced capabilities for multimedia applications that use advanced graphics, animations, voice, and video technologies. By 2001, this new Internet could operate at speeds 1,000 times greater than those on the current Internet. Digital libraries and high-quality, real-time video applications would be able to coexist on this Internet.

Another similar initiative under way is called Internet2 and is currently being designed by more than 100 universities to create online applications for higher education. Schools can expect Internet2 to provide enhanced distance education opportunities as well as improved security.

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