Pradeep Sindhu, founder and current CTO of Juniper Networks, believes the Internet has some growing up to do. In 2003 he proposed his Infranet Initiative, which describes a business-class Internet with improved QoS based on open standards instead of proprietary network enhancements. “Most of the new mechanisms that are part of the initiative are designed to make the network more predictable, more secure, and more reliable, while supporting a broader set of applications than is possible today,” he says. The protocols for everything from highly reliable business transactions to VoIP and video streaming would be baked into the Infranet and run by global carriers as a string of interlinked, public VPNs. Last year, the initiative garnered its own dot-org, with members such as AOL, British Telecom, Ericsson, Lucent, Siemens, and Qwest. Hewlett-Packard and Oracle are also now on board.