A MeritNetwork, Inc. led consortium won a $39 million grant from the National Science Foundation to re-engineer and manage the NSFNET — the first national high-speed Internet backbone for research and education.
Merit managed, and re-engineered, the NSFNET Backbone Service project in partnership with the National Science Foundation, ANS, IBM, MCI, and the State of Michigan.
A MONIKER IS BORN
Merit coordinated and managed the activities of the North American Network Operators' Group (NANOG), a name that evolved out of the NSFNET’s "Regional-Techs" meetings — a forum to exchange technical information and discuss implementation issues among network service providers.
ORIGINAL CHARTER ADOPTED
NANOG adopts its first Charter
MAKING CHARTER AMENDMENTS
NANOG’s Steering Committee is implemented, the Charter is amended, and the first NANOG Elections are held.
AN INDEPENDENT ORG
NANOG’s Steering Committee informs Merit of their intention to form an independent, self-governing organization to operate NANOG meetings on behalf of the community. NANOG and Merit work together to form a transition plan, to take place after N51 in February, 2011.
“NEWNOG, INC.” ADOPTED
NewNOG, Inc. is officially incorporated as a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit and membership-based organization. In October 2010, the last NANOG Charter is adopted.
A signed agreement between Merit and NANOG transfers the NANOG Trademark and Resources during N52, the last meeting serviced by Merit. In Jan, the NANOG Membership Policy is adopted, and in October, the first NANOG elections are held.
EVOLUTION OF EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP
Betty Burke, NANOG’s founding Executive Director, retires and the board of directors hires Edward McNair, as its new Executive Director.