Commercialization of the Internet summary report (RFC1192)
Original Publication Date: 1990-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
"The networks of Stages 2 and 3 will be implemented and operated so that they can become commercialized; industry will then be able to supplant the government in supplying these network services." -- Federal Research Internet Coordinating Committee, Program Plan for the National Research and Education Network, May 23, 1989, pp. 4-5.
Network Working Working Group B. Kahin, Editor
Request for Comments: 1192 Harvard
Commercialization of the Internet
Status of this Memo
This memo is based on a workshop held by the Science, Technology and
Public Policy Program of the John F. Kennedy School of Government,
Harvard University, March 1-3, 1990.
This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does
not specify any standard. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
"The networks of Stages 2 and 3 will be implemented and operated so
that they can become commercialized; industry will then be able to
supplant the government in supplying these network services." --
Federal Research Internet Coordinating Committee, Program Plan for
the National Research and Education Network, May 23, 1989, pp. 4-5.
"The NREN should be the prototype of a new national information
infrastructure which could be available to every home, office and
factory. Wherever information is used, from manufacturing to high-
definition home video entertainment, and most particularly in
education, the country will benefit from deployment of this
technology.... The corresponding ease of inter-computer
communication will then provide the benefits associated with the NREN
to the entire nation, improving the productivity of all information-
handling activities. To achieve this end, the deployment of the
Stage 3 NREN will include a specific, structured process resulting in
transition of the network from a government operation a commercial
service." -- Office of Science and Technology Policy, The Federal
High Performance Computing Program, September 8, 1989, pp. 32, 35.
"The National Science Foundation shall, in cooperation with the
Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Department of
Commerce, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and
other appropriate agencies, provide for the establishment of a
national multi-gigabit-per-second research and education computer
network by 1996, to be known as the National Research and Education
Network, which shall:
(1) link government, industry, and the education
(6) be established in a manner which fosters and
maintains competition and private sector investment in high
speed data networking within the telecommunications
(8) be p...