SURFnet is the organisation that develops, implements and maintains the national research and educational network (NREN) of the Netherlands. The network itself is also called SURFnet. SURFnet as a company/network has left its mark in the evolution of the Internet in the Netherlands.
SURFnet as an organisation was established in 1986 and in 1989 started supplying IP connectivity services, deploying the TCP/IP suite.
SURFnet is a subsidiary of the not-for-profit foundation SURF which is short for "Samenwerkende Universitaire Reken Faciliteiten" translated to English as "Co-operative University Computing Facilities".
SURFnet is a member of DANTE.