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The Federal Networking Council (FNC) was a U.S.organization chartered by the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Computing, Information and Communications (CCIC). This coordinating group of representatives from federal agencies contributed to the federal use of networking. Its members included representatives from the Department of Defense, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, NASA and the Department of Health and Human Services.
The FNC acted as a forum for federal agencies, allowing them to work together on networking projects. FNC sought to bring the networking technologies being developed by FNC agencies up to speed to meet federal goals. Italso sought to acquire mature versions of these technologies from the commercial sector.
The FNC provided a formal definition of the term Internet in 1995. The FNC was absorbed into several CCIC subcommittees in 1997.
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