University of California, Riverside

Optical Network Initiative

History of Internet 2

The History of Internet 2 in California and North America

  • Internet 2 is best thought of as a "private" high-speed network that links universities together throughout North America.
  • Network traffic to and from non-Internet 2 organizations cannot travel on this network (e.g. e-mail from Microsoft to IBM).
  • Internet 2 in California began several years ago based in part on a grant from NSF. Charter institutions included the UC campuses, Cal Tech, USC, Stanford, etc.
  • Today, an "umbrella" organization (CENIC, The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California) coordinates Internet 2 for California.
  • Internet 2 in California is connected to other Internet 2 networks throughout the country via the "Abilene" national backbone.


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