Japan, U.S. mull successor to Internet


Japanese and U.S. science and technology bodies agreed Wednesday to help both countries develop a next-generation information transmission network that could replace the Internet.

The government-affiliated organizations said they will try to establish future standards for a global information network in place of the current Internet, which faces chronic security problems and a looming risk of enormous power consumption due to the rapid increase of transmitted data.

The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology of Japan and the National Science Foundation of the United States will assist bilateral research on sectors such as creation of networks using optical fibers and mobile computing in the coming four years, they said..