Net research site to open at Cal

A new state research facility at the University of California, Berkeley, is designed to
help shape the Internet of the future and create 1,000 jobs in five years.

By Business Writer Oakland Tribune

The Net21 facility is opening this month in a 6,000-square-foot site at 1250 Bancroft Way, according
to the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency.

The Next Generation Internet program provides matching funds and technical assistance to
California companies, nonprofits and public agencies to develop advanced Internet software and

applications from broadband to e-business.

"We should see measurable results in the form of increased productivity that may lead to the
creation of up to 1,000 high-paying, high-tech jobs over a five-year period," agency Secretary Lon
Hatamiya said. "This program will only further strengthen our economy and fuel the growth of job

The program has received $7 million from the state, $13 million from the federal government and
$14 million from the private sector. It is a partnership between the state and CommerceNet, a
nonprofit consortium of business, government, technology and academic leaders.

"CommerceNet is excited, once again, to see concrete results emerging from our programs,"
CommerceNet founder Jay Tenenbaum said.

The program began last year with an application center at UC-San Diego and already has awarded $2 million to nine
grantees, ranging from $100,000 to $300,000. Recipients include Kenamea, whose software supports real-time, secure
communication between Internet applications, and the Pangea Foundation, whose Abilities Networks helps organizations
create Web sites accessible to people with disabilities.

The Berkeley and San Diego application centers are connected via the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in
California’s high-speed network. The two centers are equipped with the latest server and network management equipment
from companies such as Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Sony and Microsoft.

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