We pride ourselves in the community we’ve created since 1987, when the seeds of our organization were first planted. NANOG began when Merit Network won a $39 million grant from National Science Foundation to re-engineer and manage the NSFNET — the first national, high-speed Internet backbone — in the name of research and education. The “Regional Techs” meetings that were first formed as a means of gathering and sharing information, would later become the NANOG you know and love today.
We’ve grown and evolved substantially since that time, having revised our original charter in 1994 to officially adopt the NANOG moniker, to broaden our base of network service providers, and establish a number of educational programs and professional development opportunities in service of our mission.
On May 11, 2010, we branched off from Merit Network to officially incorporate as a new 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit: NewNOG, Inc. And in June, 2019, The North American Network Operators' Group officially reclaimed its original moniker; NANOG.
Inclusive, adaptable, and full of diversity.
We’re dedicated to fostering a multifaceted internet ecosystem. By building and maintaining a diverse infrastructure, with a range of users, and meaningful, multi-layered content, we can give the internet of tomorrow its greatest chance at thriving.
Our community, and ecosystem, was designed to be adaptive, and responsive, with the ability to shape shift as quickly as the network demands it. Together, we believe that NANOG can handle nearly anything.