government gigabit

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In 1989 the US government decided to fund a number of experimental networks which were planned to work at a transmission rate of 1 gigabit. In some of these networks the data transmission rate was smaller, approximately 600 megabits per second, although if you counted the speed in both directions then the gigabit target could be said to have been achieved. A number of cynical computer scientists decided to call the 600 megabit speed a government gigabit after the US government had claimed that the funded networks had met their speed targets.

Subjects: Computing.

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