Title Can the ''Next-Generation Internet" Effectively Support ''Ordinary Citizens"?
Author Kling, R.
Source The Information Society, Volume 15, Issue 1, Pages 57-63, February 1999
Year 1999
Access date 12.08.2009
Source (Journal) The Information Society

Rob Kling examines some of the complexities of public access to a new generation of Internet technologies that are now the subject of advanced research. The "next generation internet" (NGI) is not simply a "fatter pipe" to relieve traffic congestion. It is also supposed to be more secure and also to enable users to schedule channel capacity, so they can organize events such as a videoconference which can degrade rapidly if there is unexpected network use and congestion. The NGI research is being funded with public monies because of a market failure. When the U.S. Federal government privatized Internet access several years ago, it was expected that private firms would also fund research into new networking architectures. This expectation was not realized. Firms such as America On- line, Netcom, AT&T and MCI were eager to provide network services to the public. But NGI research seemed very expensive and hard to justify in terms of likely profits. However, with Federal funding paying for NGI research, the question of public access and use is a legitimate issue. 

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ICT & humans (1)ICT & society (1c)
SI areasICT & humans (1)
ICT & applications (2)
ICT as a tool (3)
TopicsWeb Applications
Information Society
Social ICT Applications
Bibliographic typeJournal articles
ICT as a tool (3)Cyber-infrastructure (3c)
Year of publication1999