Kermit is a file-transfer and terminal emulation protocol designed at Columbia University in New York City in 1981 for transmiting data over a communication line without errors. It is frequently utilized with modems, but does include support for TCP/IP. Kermit is defaulted to run at a lower speed (to optimize accuracy), but may be adjusted to be as fast as any of its counterparts.
On July 1, 2011, Columbia University announced the Kermit project was cancelled. All future development of C-Kermit, E-Kermit, and Kermit 95 is now handled through the Kermit Project.