VBNS Definition

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A broadband optical network provided under a cooperative agreement between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Worldcom (now MCI, which is part of Verizon) in support of NSF-approved institutions of higher learning. vBNS initially (1995) ran over an ATM/SONET backbone at 155 Mbps (OC-3), and later was upgraded to 2.5 Gbps (OC-48).When the NFS contract expired, the vBNS largely transitioned to a federal government network from virtual private networks (VPNs) and the universities and research institutions transitioned to Internet2. See also Abilene Project, ATM, backbone, broadband, Internet2, OC, SONET, and VPN.

Webster's New World Telecom
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