Talks to merge two ultra-fast Internet networks that serve several U.S. universities failed to reach a conclusion.
The two next-generation networks began with separate missions, but their technologies and services converged over the years. And Jeff Lehman, chairman of Internet2's board, said their clients backed the merger because the organizations largely served the same community.
Talks resumed this year, and a committee with top leaders from each network worked out a compromise in August.
Talks have occurred for the last eight months (Chronicle) for a merger between the Internet2 and National LambdaRail. It is disappointing that universities will continue to shell out on resources to take advantage of both networks.
Both entities have decided to carry on independently. The goals and services provided by these networks are similar, but the question remains as to the whether a merger will take place before the next-generation Internet comes for wider adoption.