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Janet is a high-speed network for the UK research and education community provided by Jisc, a not-for-profit company set up to provide computing support for education.
The network also carries traffic between schools within the UK, although many of the schools' networks maintain their own general Internet connectivity.Janet developed out of a number of local and research networks dating back to the 1970s.By 1980, a number of national computer facilities (ULCC London, UMRCC Manchester, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory serving the Science and Engineering Research Council community), each with their own star network had developed.There were also regional networks centred on Bristol, Edinburgh and Newcastle, where groups of institutions had pooled resources to provide better computing facilities than could be afforded individually.On 1 December 2012, Janet and Jisc Collections joined together to form Jisc Collections and Janet Limited, as subsidiary organisations to Jisc.In March 2015, Jisc Collections and Janet Limited was renamed to Jisc Services Limited.
Jisc Services continues to operate under the brand name of Janet, with the same remit.
Janet was previously known as the JNT Association, and prior to that, UKERNA (the United Kingdom Education and Research Networking Association).
The name was originally a contraction of Joint Academic NETwork but it is now known as Janet in its own right.
The network is linked to other European and worldwide NRENs through GEANT and peers extensively with other ISPs at Internet Exchange Points in the UK.
The Janet network is operated by Jisc Services Limited, part of Jisc.
Janet is also responsible for the uk and uk domains.