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