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Bridging the Digital Divide

Idaho's High-Speed Fiber Optic Backbone

Welcome to IRON

Introduction

The Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON) provides significant opportunities for higher education, healthcare, state and local government, research facilities, and other non-profits by providing some of the most highly reliable access to high-speed infrastructure available in the country. The Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON) provides significant opportunities for higher education, healthcare, state and local government, […]

What Is IRON?

IRON owns and operates a high-speed optical network that is similar to, but also unlike the ones used by businesses and homes to access the internet. It is different because it provides direct links to other such networks across the nation and world, connecting our higher education, healthcare, public government and not-for-profit organizations. It provides […]

How IRON has Helped Research in Idaho

Unlike regular Internet access we use in our homes and offices, Internet2 is used exclusively by K-12, higher education, and research facilities. This 17,000 mile backbone through America provides access to over 100,000 institutions, with each state or region using their Regional Optical Network as on-ramps. Universities and other research institutions in Idaho can compete […]