It's Time for the Next Internet
Next-generation Internet technologies are ready and must be used.In this column last week, I asked if it was time for the federal government to step in and help protect the Internet against security problems. I received a lot of interesting responses (most beginning with, "Are you nuts?"), but one that piqued my interest suggested that the government should build a powerful and much more secure Net for its own use and that, over time, the benefits of this next Internet would pass to the public Net. When I read this response, I instantly thought, "Haven't we been talking about this for years? Doesn't this exist already?" Well, the answer is not really.
Many years ago, the government launched the Next Generation Internet Program. A quick check of www.ngi.gov shows that this program is now complete. So, did we build a powerful and secure new Net? No, but lots of good research into large-scale networking took place.