History of Excellence
Internet2. What’s in the name? Innovation’s at the heart of it. Our members shaped the technologies that created the internet. Our community of research, academia, industry and government leaders collaborates to create next-generation technologies that accelerate research discovery, advance national and global education, and improve the delivery of public services—together.
Our community’s touched nearly every area that defines modern digital life—and continues to define “what's next.”
We’ve hit the mark in the past. Big time. We’re proud of that.
But the Internet2 research and education community knows that to keep hitting the mark in the future, we can’t just rest on our laurels. We have to keep building the kinds of environments that inspire discoverers to discover. And we’re doing just that.
Browse through our Vision & Initiatives menu and see how inspired you get.
A heritage of member-led, member-focused technology innovation and discovery
Transformative, disruptive innovation has a history of being spawned in the research and education community... Earth-changing innovations like the Internet, text messaging, and society-impacting breakthroughs in life and physical sciences...
The research and education (R&E) community—including the leading universities that founded Internet2—played a seminal role in the creation of the modern Internet and the applications that have made it one of the most transformative technologies of our time. The network capabilities and abundant bandwidth environments that campus leaders built spawned network routing, the Web browser, search engine technology and social networking, which in turn created massively successful commercial businesses, from Google to Facebook, and Cisco Systems to Sun Microsystems. Compared to the initial $250 million federal investments that enabled these innovations, the resulting societal and economic gain has been enormous—creating an annual economic boon of $1.4 trillion.*
The Internet2 community (including the same players and partnerships that launched the original Internet) believes that investing in a new global Innovation Platform of advanced network solutions, along with unified cloud and trust services and applications—like those from the Internet2 NET+ and TIER initiatives—will produce a new wave of transformation for university operations and pedagogy, harnessing big data, and catalyzing team science to propel a new era of R&E-driven invention and innovation around the globe.
*See Quantifying the Economic Impact of the Internet for more info and links to the study.