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Internet2’s New Leader Outlines Vision for Superfast Education Networks

Chronicle of Higher Education (11/02/10) Jeff Young

New Internet2 CEO H. David Lambert says superfast computer networks will enable universities to connect to global satellite campuses, noting that U.S. colleges and universities now have more than 160 campuses overseas. Universities also need superfast computer networks to participate in international research and to build better ties with communities near their campuses, Lambert says. However, he says there are many financial and cultural obstacles that stand in the way of the development of superfast computer networks. Lambert cites a need for better cooperation among various national and regional university networking projects as one of the many challenges. The project to bring broadband to communities, which received $62.5 million in federal stimulus money, will help universities show lawmakers that such initiatives are worthy of support, Lambert says. People in academe should continue to play a leading role in building the Internet, he says.



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