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  • From: Lauren Kallens <>
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  • Subject: Internet2 and IEEAF To Collaborate on Advanced Global Networking Initiatives
  • Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 09:06:33 -0400


ANN ARBOR, Mich. and HAYWOOD, Ca – September 28, 2004 – The Internet Educational Equal Access Foundation (IEEAF) and Internet2(R) today announced a formal agreement to work in partnership with the goal of extending regional, national, and international networking infrastructure to reduce the global disparities in access to high-performance Internet connectivity and related resources. Both the IEEAF and Internet2 are not-for-profit organizations devoted to accelerating the development of the next generation global Internet.

The agreement builds on a track record of successful collaboration between IEEAF and Internet2, including the establishment and subsequent management of high-performance transatlantic network circuits between Amsterdam and New York City dedicated to the research and education (R&E) community.

Don Riley, University of Maryland and chair, IEEAF Board said, "This agreement signifies a recognition of a shared vision of the need to work together to reduce the global inequities in access to high-performance bandwidth for research and education. The IEEAF has already worked with Internet2 and SURFnet to put into service in 2002 IEEAF’s TransAtlantic Link – its first donation of high-performance bandwidth to connect New York City to Groningen and Amsterdam, in the Netherlands (both 10 Gbps and 622 Mbps circuits from Tyco Telecom). Just this past June, the IEEAF's Transpacific Link (also both 10 Gbps and 622 Mbps from Tyco) connecting Pacific Wave in Seattle to the Tokyo Lambda Exchange (T-LEX) became active, and we look forward to putting 7,000 km of donated dark fiber in Europe into service. We are pleased to be working with Internet2 and other partners to continue to acquire donations and put them into service for the global community.”

Douglas Van Houweling, president and CEO of Internet2 said, "Our organizations’ shared commitment to advanced networking that supports research and education makes this agreement between Internet2 and IEEAF a natural extension of our existing joint accomplishments. Through this partnership, we hope to accelerate the deployment of high-capacity global Internet access which serves as a critical communication tool for the R&E community to enhance their development efforts, to create collaborative learning environments and to extend cooperation between otherwise disparate organizations.”

As a result of the agreement, Internet2 and the IEEAF have exchanged reciprocal Affiliate memberships, enabling closer collaboration on initiatives and projects that engage the international R&E community, and improving coordination of planning and participation in meetings and workshops.

Jun Murai, WIDE Japan and IEEAF board of directors said, “As a member of the international research and education community, I welcome this agreement. IEEAF and Internet2 are well positioned to play important complementary roles in helping the global research and education community facilitate and advance prudent strategies to secure and leverage network-related assets, and to capitalize on events associated with the build-out of the global submarine and terrestrial fiber optic network."

A Memorandum of Understanding approved this week by the IEEAF Boards of Directors and the Internet2 Board of Trustees provides the framework organizations' formal relationship.

About the IEEAF
The Internet Educational Equal Access Foundation (IEEAF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to obtain donations of telecommunications capacity and equipment and make them available for use by the global research and education community. Through partnerships and alliances between government, private sector entities, educational institutions and other non-profit organizations, IEEAF fosters global educational collaboration and equitable access to network resources: the “Global Quilt”. For more information about IEEAF, visit

About Internet2(R)
Led by more than 200 U.S. universities, working with industry and government, Internet2 develops and deploys advanced network applications and technologies for research and higher education, accelerating the creation of tomorrow’s Internet. Internet2 recreates the partnerships among academia, industry, and government that helped foster today’s Internet in its infancy. For more information about Internet2, visit:

Lauren Kallens, Media Relations

John Charles, Board Secretary

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  • Internet2 and IEEAF To Collaborate on Advanced Global Networking Initiatives, Lauren Kallens, 09/28/2004

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