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Internet2 and National LambdaRail To Merge 44

An anonymous reader writes "Ars Technica has the story on the rapproachment of the two main US providers of high-speed networks to academic and research institutions: Internet2 and National LambdaRail have agreed to merge. And they're moving quickly, after tussling over the details of such an agreement for more than a year. The two groups have decided to put final merger documents before their respective boards by April 20, with merger completion to take place by June 29."
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Internet2 and National LambdaRail To Merge

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  • excellent! (Score:4, Funny)

    by User 956 ( 568564 ) on Monday March 19, 2007 @06:47PM (#18408209) Homepage
    Internet2 and National LambdaRail have agreed to merge. And they're moving quickly, after tussling over the details of such an agreement for more than a year.

    Great news. So what sort of tubes will they be going forward with in this joint venture?
    • How can you tell if you have a moron computer operator working for you? Answer: Find the computer operator using white out on the monitor trying to erase the mistakes.
  • Internet2 (Score:3, Funny)

    by TheUni ( 1007895 ) on Monday March 19, 2007 @07:31PM (#18408699) Homepage
    Internet2? Psshhh... I'm not buying into that. Everyone knows Internet3.0 will be out in 6 months.
    • NO NO NO, this merger will make it either Internet2.5 or 3.0. And what does that make "the *other* new Internet" (the one about 4 days ago with Stanford guys doing the "Clean Slate" approach [slashdot.org]) - does this merger make that project Internet4.0? If thats the case, I'll just wait for Internet360 - cuz everybody knows that'll be like 120 times better than Internet3...
  • So they're setting up a monopoly. Who did they pay off to get this through the FCC and the "Justice Department"?

    • So they're setting up a monopoly. Who did they pay off to get this through the FCC and the "Justice Department"?
      You're assuming it's a commercial service you can buy. AFAIK it's a voluntary network of universities.
      • by Cheapy ( 809643 )
        You're assuming it's a commercial service you can buy. AFAIK it's a voluntary network of universities.

        And you're assuming your knowledge is correct. If anyone wants free karma, now is the time to link to wikipedia.
    • by yabos ( 719499 )
      It's a private network they can do whatever the hell they want.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      Monopoly? Maybe you might remember that "Internet" thing from a few years back. I think that might still be around too. Maybe that's an option.
  • When DARPA and NSF put together what became the Internet (merger of NSF-net and ARPA-net) in the National Research and Education Network (NREN) Act -- a.k.a. the "Gore Bill" -- Bob Kahn and Anita Jones (DARPA) and Bill Wolfe (NSF) had the bright idea of setting down some rules (really, "standards") that if other, existing commercial and educational networks (i.e., CompuServe, AOL, MERIT, etc.) played by, they could be part of the NREN as well. Even though the "big networks" at the time used slow, dialup n
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by kilonad ( 157396 )
      Ummm.... no. This network is for research and education, and for those purposes only. Notice how the first one was also originally for research and education, but that it got swamped by porn, spam, and torrents when the masses came online. Keeping the two networks separate ensures a decent level of service on the research network for the people who actually rely on it.
  • all these different internets will merge into just one internet. To stop the confusing situation where you never know which of the internets you should connect to. My modem is always connecting to the wrong internet and I have to keep hitting it until it finds the right one. I think I need to upgrade to a rooter. Maybe a radio one.
  • I am pretty clueless about what internet2 really is and how it works, and I have a few questions about it. Maybe some fellow slashdotter can enlighten me.

    - There is no such thing as anonymity on internet2 is there?
    - There is a central control that can yank sites they don't approve of, isn't there?
    - Are there any powerful entities that are seeking to replace internet1 with internet2 for regular people?
    - Why could we just not add more bandwidth (as is already being done), use the good old internet1 and hopefu
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