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Led by more than 200 U.S. universities, working with industry and government,

Internet2 develops and deploys advanced network applications and technologies

for research and higher education, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet.

From eSchool News staff and wire service reports

New developments could increase Internet2's bandwidth capabilities up to 80-fold

"The new network should be in place by fall 2007, said Douglas Van Houweling, Internet2's chief executive."

"He announced the plans this week as researchers set a new networking speed record--8.8 gigabits per second (Gbps), nearing the Internet2's current theoretical limit of 10 Gbps, which is thousands of times faster than standard home broadband connections."

"The Internet2 network, which parallels the regular internet and allows universities, researchers, and even some K-12 school systems to share large amounts of information in real time, currently uses shared fiber-optic cables run by Qwest Communications International."

"In the new network, Internet2 will have the cables all to itself. Operators initially will be able to transmit data using 10 colors, or wavelengths, of light over a single cable, giving the network a capacity of 100 Gbps. Eventually, Internet2 hopes to transmit on 80 wavelengths."

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