Some months ago, a scam artist was attempting to sell participation in "New Internet". As it turned out, offer to secure yourself an e-commerce spot in next generation Internet was a scam.
But Internet 2 is as real as it gets.
Launched in 1996, Internet2 offers lightning-fast connections to two fiber-optic backbone networks that ensure data arrives at its destination without loss or delay and already connects at least one university in each of 50 states in US.
Abilene, Internet2(R) backbone network, is in operation at speeds up to 2.4 gigabits per second, or 45,000 times faster than a typical modem.
It was developed in partnership with Qwest Communications, http://www.quest.net.nz/, Cisco Systems, http://www.cisco.com/, Nortel Networks, http://www.nortelnetworks.com/, and Indiana University, http://www.indiana.edu/.
It currently provides nationwide high-performance networking capabilities for over 180 Internet2 universities, which, in addition to high speed, provides advanced networking services such as multi-casting, IPv6, enables advanced applications such as High-Definition TV, tele-medicine and remote access to scientific instruments.
TV may soon stream into your home via your computer in a quality and level never before envisioned. And average person may well be able to create their own TV shows right on their own home computer.
Speed was one of major reasons for inception of "New Internet". Government and educational institutions were beginning to get bogged down within old Internet network system. If original vision was to be maintained, a new system would have to be implemented.
At moment, only government, universities and corporate sponsors are allowed to participate. It is still in research and network itself is still under development.