BESTNET is designed as a fully distributed, integrated computer conferencing, electronic mail and videotext network for education and research. Organizationally, the core of BESTNET is a consortium of 9 universities (two in Mexico), but the system is also accessed from countries across the globe. Currently, BESTNET members are conducting a research program concerning the higher education applications of computer conferencing, electronic mail, videotext and related technologies in the areas of instruction, interinstitutional cooperation, research, institutional service to the community and systems administration.Today's telecommunications systems make it easy to span borders and cultures. BESTNET participants can access and use the system when it is convenient for them. Perhaps the most exiting aspect of the BESTNET project is its potential as a vehicle for global educational collaboration and development.