information superhighway

(redirected from data highway)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

information superhighway

(Or "Infobahn", "Info Strada") The name coined by US Vice-president Al Gore in the early 1990s for the emerging high-speed global communications network capable of carrying voice, data, video, and other services around the world. These services use satellite, copper cable, optical fibre, cellular telecommunications, and are accessible via set-top boxes or suitably equipped computers.

See also National Information Infrastructure.

information superhighway

(1) A generic name for the Internet.

(2) A proposed high-speed communications system that was touted by the Clinton/Gore administration to enhance education in America in the 21st century. Its purpose was to help all citizens regardless of their income level. The Internet was originally cited as a model for this superhighway; however, with the explosion of the Web, the Internet became the information superhighway whether it was ready for it or not.

A Superhighway Below the Highway
Blacktop above, glass below. The backbone of the Internet is build on optical fibers, which have painstakingly been laid across the country and around the world starting in the 1970s and widely deployed in the 1990s. (Image courtesy of Metromedia Fiber Network.)
References in periodicals archive ?
These new "ruggedized," rack-mounted systems allow customers to create a separate data highway for mission-critical data movement needs.
The data memory will be refreshed every time & data of interest of management will be sent to a pc through simple Ethernet data highway.
Presses are available with precision intermediate platens to produce double daylight models, advanced electro-optical instrumentation to measure corner positions of all platens, and control from data highway recipe product pressing requirements.
All media--images, sound, radio, telephone calls--are moving to the cheap data highway that is the Internet.
Graphics cards got around the bottleneck by using their own high-speed data highway but PCI Express will bring them back by offering speeds of up to 4,000 MB/s.
Five malt houses at the site are fully integrated into one infrastructure with the process in each controlled automatically and linked together on a single electronic data highway.
All of the computers are interconnected via a super-fast data highway with a total interconnect bandwidth of 12,500 GB.
These cards can be for alternate I/O systems (Profibus, DeviceNet, PC-board I/O), communications cards (additional serial ports, Data Highway Plus card, Ethernet card), device interfaces (motion cards, proprietary interfaces), or other cards.
The lighting layout is diagonal to the building plan to allow maximum flexibility for the layout of the bookshelves and computers, the computers data highway is distributed via a 3m square grid built into the floor slab, access to the ducts was aided by the use of carpet tiles to all floors.
The data are transmitted over an Allen-Bradley Data Highway Plus network to several personal computers in plant offices.
As a data highway that would also be used for speech and multimedia, our network called for a multi-service platform based on ATM technology," says Weiler.
News and Observer, "Gore Debuting Plan for Data Highway," January 11, 1994.

Full browser ?