OFFICIAL: The Internet will be Redesigned from Scratch
A government contractor that played a key role in the Internet's birth will oversee efforts to redesign the network from scratch.
n the late 1960s, BBN won the contract to build a network linking machines at four universities. That network, then known as ARPAnet, grew to include the millions that form the Internet today.
BBN also played an important role in early e-mail technology, and one of its scientists, Ray Tomlinson, was the designator of the "at" symbol now part of e-mail addresses.
Construction on GENI could start about 2010 and cost $350 million.
A new Internet could ultimately mean replacing networking equipment and rewriting software on computers, at a cost of billions of dollars. But any new network is likely to run parallel with the existing one for some time, with individuals and businesses gradually migrating over as they need more advanced applications.