THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release
April 14, 1998
VICE PRESIDENT GORE ANNOUNCES GIANT STEPS TOWARDS NEXT GENERATION INTERNETWashington, DC -- Vice President Gore announced today $500 million in new private investments that will speed the development of the "Next Generation Internet" (NGI) and keep America at the cutting-edge of computer networking technology.
"I applaud the extraordinary commitments of these companies," the Vice President said. "In the coming years, this investment may enable the best medical specialists to give advice to patients in rural hospitals, scientists to use remote supercomputers to predict tornadoes, and adults to get new skills through distance learning."
The Vice President made two major announcements:
The NGI is a federal research initiative that invests in networking research and development, high-speed experimental networks, and revolutionary new applications. The goal is not only a faster Internet, but one that is more secure, reliable, and better able to support real-time, multimedia applications. NGI is working closely with the "Internet2" consortium, and is providing some support for the universities that are participating through grants from the National Science Foundation.