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"High-speed academic networks to merge"
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 19 March 2007 12:04

High-speed academic networks to merge
By Desiree Everts
Staff Writer, CNET
Published: March 19, 2007, 12:13 PM PDT

Two consortia that aim to facilitate research by linking universities via high-speed networking have announced plans to merge.
Although they had scrapped plans to combine their efforts a year ago, Internet2 and National LamdaRail (NLR) say they have finally come to an agreement and expect to complete their merger by June 29.

"To be sure, (the merger) involves compromises on each side," the groups said in a joint statement released last week (click here for PDF). "But in the end, we believe that it provides the framework for an organization which will provide a significantly improved environment for stakeholders in Internet2 and NLR."

NLR is a consortium of universities and technology companies that aims to build a nationwide optical network owned and used by the research community. It has been quietly snapping up thousands of miles of fiber-optic cable in an effort to build up its network. Because the network is owned and operated by researchers, it gives them greater flexibility and allows them to conduct experiments that they ordinarily couldn't do on a standard communications network.... More

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