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The Federal Networking Council (FNC) was chartered by the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Computing, Information and Communications (CCIC) to act as a forum for networking collaborations among Federal agencies to meet their research, education, and operational mission goals and to bridge the gap between the advanced networking technologies being developed by research FNC agencies and the ultimate acquisition of mature version of these technologies from the commercial sector.

After a year of review and consideration by the Computing, Information and Communications (CCIC), the Computing, Information, and Communications (CIC) R&D Subcommittee, and the Federal Networking Council, it was decided to coalesce the FNC activities into several of the newer sub-organizations of the CCIC. Thus on October 1, 1997, FNC activities will be carried out through the Large Scale Networking (LSN) group. The FNC Advisory Committee has been de-chartered and many of the FNC activities are or were transferred to the LSN of the CIC R&D subcommittee or the Applications Council.

Federal Networking Council Background Materials:


FNC Statement on IAHC: “Following U.S. Government lead, the Federal Networking Council (FNC) has no policy concerning the IAHC proposal. The FNC Co-Chair, George Strawn, participated in the IAHC, and the FNC continues to encourage open discussion on domain name registration” (June 18, 1997).