I would like to extend a special thanks to Conference Chair Eric Schmidt, Program Committee Chairs Kilnam Chon and Dan Lynch, and the many talented Program committee members, for their hard work in putting together this year's impressive lineup of sessions, tutorials, workshops, and demonstrations.
The worldwide growth and expansion of the Internet may well be one of the hottest topics today and it is gratifying to note that its popularity is due in large part to the hard work, dedication, and commitment of thousands around the world, including many of you here with us this week.
It continues to astonish me that EVERY year has been another important year in the evolution of the Internet. This one has been no different and the following year, likewise. As the Internet continues its exponential growth, new technical and policy challenges arise. As new applications emerge, often with unique capacity and service needs (such as video conferencing and multicasting), the IAB and IETF and the vendors of equipment, software and service are pressed for new solutions. Plainly, we are reaching a point where reliability of global service, security, and flexibility are essential. Internet is becoming a vital infrastructure that is depended upon by millions. We collectively hold a trust which we can, must and will fulfill: to make the Internet safe, solid and secure for all who use it.
This is the 100th anniversary of the first Marconi radio transmissions. We are only 22 years into the history of Internet, since its basic invention in 1973, building on the sucess of ARPANET. It is only 12 years since the cutover of ARPANET to Internet protocols. See where we have come in that short time, and imagine where we can go in a hundred years. Can you? I'm not sure I can, either!
From commerce and government to education and social change, the Internet continues to capture our imaginations and challenge our assumptions. What we learn here this week -- as well as the knowledge we impart -- will help us to more effectively address global policy and economic issues, ethical concerns, and the myriad technical issues in order to ensure the furtherance of a truly global Internet.
We hope that your participation in INET'95 will help shed new light on the limitless possibilities for worldwide application and use of the Internet. Welcome!