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Internet2 is a U.S.-based and international nonprofit networking consortium led by researchers, academia and industry/government leaders. Launched in 1996, Internet2 works to advance the development of networking education and global partnering to facilitate innovative Internet technologies.
Internet2 manages the Internet2 Network, a next-generation optical and Internet Protocol network. Internet2 Network is responsible for delivering production network services to fulfill the high-performance requirements of education and research services. It also provides its users with a protected research and network testing environment.
Internet2 provides revolutionary IT facilities to the global IT village and its educational sectors, including a 100 Gbps network central source to 70 corporations, more than 210 U.S. educational facilities and 45 nonprofit and government departments.
In addition, Internet2 is a provider of innovative technologies, including massive network performance management and measurement tools, uncomplicated and protected access and identity administration tools, and sophisticated functionalities like the scheduling and on-demand creation of highly efficient, high-bandwidth circuits.
Internet2's primary objectives and functions are as follows: