Internet2 SEGP

Internet2 is a consortium of 202 universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies. The primary goals of Internet2 are to: (1) create a leading edge network capability for the national research community; (2) enable revolutionary Internet applications; (3) ensure the rapid transfer of new network services and applications to the broader Internet community. For more detailed information on Internet2 click here.

This connectivity was made possible through sponsorship by the higher education institutions within Alabama and funding provided by the Alabama Supercomputer Authority. Alabama became the 27th state network to be sponsored under the Sponsored Education Group Participation (SEGP) program. The SEGP program is intended to allow expanded access for state and regional education networks, through sponsorship by Internet2 university members.

Internet2 partners interconnect with each other over a very high-speed network called Abilene. In essence Abilene is a research network, like the Internet we have today was back in the early 80's. This network currently operates at OC-48c (2.4 gigabits per second) and has plans to deploy 10 gigabit per second links soon. The network also operates with very low latency. (Latency is the time it takes to travel from source to destination.) The Internet2 community utilizes this very fast network to deliver and test advanced applications and network techniques.

Examples of K-12 Internet2 Usage

Videoconferencing technology allows two or more people at different locations to see and hear each other at the same time. In addition, to this two-way communication it is also possible to share Internet resources, library catalogs, video clips, presentations and demonstrate computer applications. This rich communication technology offers new possibilities for educators: It allows for real-time connections between schools, colleges, and libraries including access to formal instruction (courses, lessons, and tutoring); it allows students to connect with guest speakers, experts, and museums making multi-school project collaboration, professional activities such as meetings and interviews, and community events all feasible.

Internet2 is a consortium being led by 202 universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet.

Southeastern Wisconsin Instructional Network Group
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