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The Computer Network Study Planning Group, an inter-agency group, was formed by the Office of Science and Technology Policy under the auspices of the Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering, and Technology (FCCSET) for Computer Research and Applications to carry out a study of the following issues:
- the networking needs of the nation's academic and federal research computer programs, including supercomputer programs, over the next 15 years, including requirements in terms of volume of data, reliability of transmission, software compatibility, graphics capabilities, and transmission security;
- the benefits and opportunities that an improved computer network would offer for electronic mail, file transfer, and remote access and communications; and
- the networking options available for linking academic and research computers, including supercomputers, with a particular emphasis on fiber optics.
The Group produced and delivered a three-volume report for OSTP in early August 1987, consisting of recommendations, results of a workshop, and background papers.
- ↑ The Planning Group was composed of participants from the Department of Defense (DoD) (including DARPA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), NASA, National Bureau of Standards (NBS), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
- Gordon Bell, "Steps Toward a National Research Telecommunications Network," 21 Library Hi Tech (1987) (full-text).