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HIGH SPEED BACKBONE NETWORK SYSTEM
very high speed Backbone Network System (vBNS) and the Next Generation
Internet (NGI) are funded in part by NSF. NSF and MCI are entirely responsible
The vBNS is a nationwide network that operates at a speed of 622 megabits
per second using MCI's
network of advanced switching and fiber-optic transmission technologies.
speeds of 622 megabits per second, 322 copies of a 300-page book can be
sent every seven seconds.
Speed for research
Launched in April 1995 the vBNS is the product of a five-year cooperative
agreement between MCI and NSF to provide a high-bandwidth network for
The vBNS is only available for meritorious research projects with high-bandwidth
uses and is not used for general Internet traffic.
The vBNS provides to NSF-designated organizations a high-performance production
research platform with service features and performance characteristics
designed to be one step ahead of what is currently available with the
vBNS and the Internet
What's the difference between the vBNS and the Internet?
The Internet is a ubiquitous network that has become an information tool
for researchers, students, teachers, business and
the general public.
vBNS is a noncommercial research platform for the advancement and development
of high-speed scientific and engineering applications, data routing and
NSF's vBNS is the key part of the NGI efforts. The NGI is the product
of DOD, DOE, NASA, NIH, and NIST and NSF.