The Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON) and Northwest Nazarene University announce a partnership to expand the University’s broadband access and collaboration with Idaho Colleges and Universities, the Idaho Education Network (IEN), and Internet2.
Nampa, ID, February 5, 2014 – Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) recently completed expansion of its broadband communications infrastructure for enhanced broadband network services to better serve its students, faculty, and administrators, and increase its distance education service offerings throughout the state. Expanded access to IRON’s high-speed fiber optic network is contributing to this effort by providing NNU with access to IRON and the Internet at speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second. When NNU joined IRON this past fall, it joined the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, Boise State University, Brigham-Young University-Idaho, Washington State University, Lewis-Clark State College, North Idaho College, the Idaho Hospital Association, the state of Idaho, the Idaho Education Network (IEN), and the Idaho National Laboratory as active research and education partners and users of the broadband network services provided by IRON.
Northwest Nazarene University, a nonprofit Christian university, offers over 60 areas of study, master’s degree programs in eleven disciplines, accelerated degree programs, concurrent credit for high school students, and a variety of continuing education credits.
Sal Simili, Director of Information Technology for NNU, commented, “NNU has been very pleased with the connectivity quality and the service we receive through IRON. We look forward to the opportunities that the new connectivity will provide in reaching many of the under-served areas of Idaho, with the ability to present a live, in-class environment right to the local school, as well as the future collaboration opportunities with our peer universities.
Chartered in late 2007, IRON (www.ironforidaho.net) is a non-profit, cooperative effort between five universities located in the Northwest region of the United States, the State of Idaho, the Idaho Hospital Association, and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), to establish a high-performance Regional Optical Network (RON) within the State of Idaho. IRON is owned, operated and managed by its Charter Associates.
Today, only five years after its inception, IRON provides low-cost, high-speed bandwidth to more than 175,000 students, teachers, administrators, researchers, and health care professionals across the state of Idaho.
Organizations eligible to participate in IRON include those engaged in research, public and private education, health care, and economic development; as well as libraries, museums, and local, state, and federal government agencies. IRON, like 40 similar Regional Optical Network organizations operating in other states across the country, provides access and connectivity at speeds of up to 10 Gigabits per second, to the Internet and to both of the nation’s advanced research and education broadband networks, Internet2 (www.internet2.org), and the National Lambda Rail (www.nlr.net).
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