ISU Joins Optic Network

By Jake Taylor

POCATELLO, Idaho – A fiber optic upgrade coming to Idaho State University could have researchers working much closer with other institutions across the state.

ISU has announced a partnership with the Idaho Regional Optic Network, or IRON.

The new network provides an ultra-fast broadband connection for research institutions across the state.

“It expands our internet bandwidth for research. It more than doubles it, at a very affordable price. And it strengthens our connections with, not only other higher ed institutions in the state, but with the Idaho Education Network,” ISU Chief Information Officer Randy Gaines said.

According to IRON general manager Victor Braud, along with bringing university researchers a whole lot more speed, the new network should save ISU a nice chunk of change.

“IRON essentially provides access and bandwidth to the nations and the regions research and education networks at prices that are about 15 percent of what they’d pay a retail provider,” Braud said.

Braud said having collaboration like this available makes a very big difference to high-tech businesses looking for new locations.

“IRON, along with the Idaho Education Network, are providing the very, very high speed broadband communications that are necessary to provide research and other technology oriented companies to Idaho,” Braud said.

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Idaho selected to participate in nationwide broadband pilot project!

The Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON) and Internet2 announce the selection of IRON and 13 other affiliate program participants (Regional Optical Networks) to facilitate advanced and innovative broadband applications to help community anchor institutions..

Boise, ID, Feb. 7, 2012 – IRON (the Idaho Regional Optical Network) and Internet2 today announced that IRON had been selected, along with 13 other Regional Optical Networks, to participate in a major, nationwide initiative (U.S. UCAN) that will expand broadband communications access and connectivity throughout Idaho, to community anchor institutions, including public libraries, schools, community colleges, research parks, public safety and health care institutions.

“I am excited to begin collaborating with our initial set of affiliates to define the programs and services we will build together to deliver advanced broadband networks and use them effectively,” said Mark Johnson, interim executive director, U.S. UCAN.

The U.S. UCAN national program office and the pilot affiliates (regional fiber optic network providers) will work together to define and provide appropriate support, guidance, direction and services that can be offered to community anchor institutions. The pilot affiliates will provide the primary network access points for community anchor institutions.

The 14 affiliate Regional Optical Networks selected and the states they represent include:

• CENIC – California
• FLR – Florida
• Indiana GigaPOP
• IRON – Idaho
• MAGPI – Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware
• MCNC – North Carolina
• MDREN – Maryland
• Montana
• MOREnet – Missouri
• New York
• OARnet – Ohio
• PNWGP – Washington
• UEN – Utah
• WiscNet – Wisconsin

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