Internet2, 20 universities create SIP Steering Committee

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Internet2 has formed the SIP Steering Committee as a way to help set the direction and priorities for its NET+ SIP Program and the Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center (ITEC) at Texas A&M University.

Participants in the new steering committee will include a mix of 20 of Internet2's university members and ACUTA (Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education).

The NET+SIP program was created during the Spring 2012 Internet2 member meeting. Over its network, Internet2 provides SIP services under its NET+ portfolio, which includes a bundle of Aastra's hosted PBX solution with SIP trunking services from Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT).

At ITEC, researchers can collaborate on creating and deploying new technologies, particularly Next Generation 911, VoIP, and Information Assurance.

Internet2 said that Steering Committee will serve both a strategic and operational role in driving SIP innovations. On strategic level, the committee will analyze the future needs of the research and education (R&E) community, and provide advice on the technology roadmap, while on an operational level, they will evaluate and prioritize requests for ITEC projects and research. 

The R&E community may have specific needs that initially far surpass mainstream businesses and consumers, but as early adopters of SIP and other technologies such as 100G optical, they can help prove these innovations out for other industry verticals.

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