A massive project to redesign and rebuild the internet from scratch is inching along with $12 million in new government funding and donations of network capacity by two major research organizations.

Many researchers want to rethink the internet's underlying architecture, saying a "clean-slate" approach is the only way to truly address security and other challenges that have cropped up since the internet's birth in 1969.

On behalf of the federal government, BBN Technologies Inc. is overseeing the planning and design of the Global Environment for Network Innovations, or GENI, a next-generation network on which researchers will be able to test new ideas


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