SAN FRANCISCO — A few months ago, a group of engineers from Google and Microsoft worked together to develop software that could keep the internet alive for another 100 years.
It was the dawn of a new era of computing, but not for everyone.
The developers, known as the Google-Microsoft-Yahoo-Boeing-Venture (GMBV) group, worked on the project for six months before finally sending the code to Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters in 2012.
GMBRV co-founder and CEO Mike Schroeder, who is now chairman of the company’s board, says he was thrilled when he heard the results of the project and that the technology worked.
“I’m so happy that the Google guys have gotten this right,” he says.
“This is going to help the Internet go on for another 200 years.”
The project had its beginnings in a project to make the internet more resilient to a catastrophic attack.
In the aftermath of the devastating Sony hack, in 2012, the internet went down for three weeks, for about 30 minutes.
When the internet rebounded, Schroeder and the other GMBRVs engineers worked with the companies that owned the most of the data centers in the United States to figure out how to restore normal operation.
That included Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Boeing.
The group worked with other technology companies, including Intel and IBM, and then with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create a standard software package that could be used to restore the internet.
While the project had many challenges, it was one of the most successful software-development efforts in history.
Schroeder says Google and the others worked closely with the FCC to get the FCC’s approval.
We had a lot of help from the FCC, including the Department of Justice and the Office of Management and Budget,” Schroeder says.
After the project was approved, the team released the software package and began work on it.
But the company was still waiting for the FCC.
Schroeder remembers that he and his team had to fight a couple of times to get their software approved.
Google and Microsoft’s work on a program called the Internet Assurance and Security Plan, or IPA.
In the summer of 2013, Schroder and the GMBV team received an email from the Office to go through all the software packages available on the market.
They had to get a license for the entire internet.
They did not have the funds to do it themselves.
Schroder says the project cost the company about $500,000.
He says Google made sure that the software was safe for the public and that it would not damage the internet, which was already under attack.”
This is the most important thing that we’ve ever done,” Schroder says.
In August of 2013 and September of 2014, the GIBRV software was ready to roll out.
The next month, Schroer and the team started the deployment of the software on the internet backbone.
By then, the Federal Trade Commission had issued a ruling that allowed Internet service providers to sell “cloud” computing products.
Schroder’s group had also gotten a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help them get their hardware to market.
There were other problems.
The internet service providers that Schroeder was working with could not be trusted, he says, so the project became a test of the trustworthiness of the internet as a whole.
The FCC said that if the Internet service provider could not prove that the internet was safe, it would stop offering its service.
Schroerer says the FCC was “absolutely right.”
The project got so far, Schroerer was so confident that the Internet would be restored that he put a video of the restoration on YouTube.
And it worked.
In June of 2016, Google and Yahoo announced that they would start rolling out the software to the entire Internet backbone.
By the end of that year, the entire backbone had been upgraded to the newest version of the Google software, which is used to control the internet and make sure that it can keep operating.”
We really are just starting to see a shift in the world of computing,” Schroerer said.
But Schroeder warns that this is not the end.
As the Internet continues to evolve, the industry is finding itself in a “tough balance,” Schroer says.
He sees Google’s technology being used by governments to regulate and censor online content.”
As we continue to move forward with this technology, we’re seeing a lot more of the private companies in this space who are doing it for the good of society,” Schroeder says, “but at the same time they’re trying to create monopolies and make money.
“Schroeder is confident that Google and other companies will be able to compete with the internet in the future.
But he also points out that there are some areas where the Internet still needs to be improved.