AN IVY LEAGUE OF AN I-WAY?
MADDENED BY INTERNET crowds, a group of 34 universities wants to build a bypass. The schools recently pledged $25,000 apiece to jump-start Internet II, a new network they hope will be 10 times as fast as the current Net. That would allow the universities to try to develop more sophisticated electronic classrooms, spur online collaborative research, and attempt other experiments. Uncertainties remain, including the total cost, what share the federal government will pay, and who will administer the network. ``Nobody has really thought out the details,'' says Raman Khanna, a participant from Stanford. Eventually, though, backers expect advances to filter into the wider Internet.
EDITED BY KEITH H. HAMMONDS
Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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