Thirty-eight states connect in some way to Internet2. But it takes regional optical networks to get them there.
David Jent, associate vice president for networks at Indiana University, said Thursday it’s important for states to be involved in these networks. Jent talked about Internet2 during the Technology Working Group session Thursday.
Internet2 was developed in the late 1990s to provide something that didn’t exist at the time—a dedicated research network for higher education. What’s known as the Internet today actually started as a research and education network—the concept of Internet2—but commercial traffic and the need for advanced capabilities led to the need for a different network.