Summary form only given. Explosive growth in the demand for bandwidth continues and there are no signs of slowing down. Along with higher capacity there is a demand for better bandwidth utilization and management, faster provisioning and new value added services. These demands could be met by taking the best of layers 3/2 recent advancements and combining them with the strengths of layer 1 technologies. This talk evaluates the next generation Internet protocol architecture that will efficiently support data intensive network demands of the future.