Department of Energy

From Gizmodo, July 23, 2020: On July 23, the Department of Energy rolled out a blueprint for full-on quantum internet that could be up and running within the coming decade. The backbone of this new internet system will be based across the 17 different DOE laboratories housed across the country. Funding, meanwhile, will come off the back of the more than $1 billion the president agreed to pump into the country’s quantum research when the National Quantum Initiative Act was signed in late 2018.

From, July 23, 2020: At a press event on July 23, DOE unveiled a blueprint strategy for the development of a national quantum internet infrastructure. Argonne and the University of Chicago entangled photons across a 52-mile “quantum loop” in the Chicago suburbs. That network will soon be connected to Fermilab, establishing a three-node, 80-mile test bed.

From WGN9, July 23, 2020: The future of the internet is being designed right here in Chicago, as some of the top scientists in the world unveiled their plans to research and build a “quantum internet” on July 23. Fermilab, Argonne, University of Chicago, Northwestern, and University of Illinois have already laid some of the groundwork.

From the Department of Energy, July 23, 2020: Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar writes about the world of new possibilities and opportunities that the quantum internet will open, summarizing the blueprint unveiled on July 23.

In a July 23 press conference at the University of Chicago, the U.S. Department of Energy unveiled a report that lays out a blueprint strategy for the development of a national quantum internet. In February, DOE national laboratories, universities and industry met in New York City to develop the strategy, laying out the essential research to be accomplished, describing the engineering and design barriers and setting near-term goals. DOE’s 17 national laboratories will serve as the backbone of the coming…

From The Wall Street Journal, July 23, 2020: The network, which uses quantum principles to more securely transmit data, could be functional in about a decade. Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago established in February a quantum network of 52 miles’ worth of entangled photons running on unused telecom fiber in the Chicago suburbs. In about a year, the network is expected to be connected to Fermilab, creating an 80-mile quantum internet test bed.