Regular University members, and affiliate and corporate members with Collaboration Site Status. Primary institutions are typically colleges and universities, but may also be other types of research organizations with the capability of committing and deploying the substantial resources necessary to implement Internet2 capabilities.
Sponsored participants are individual educational institutions (including not-for-profit and for-profit K-20, technical, and trade schools), museums, art galleries, libraries, hospitals, as well as other non-educational, not-for-profit or for-profit organizations that require routine collaboration on instructional, clinical, and/or research projects, services, and content with Primary participants or with other Sponsored Participants. Such organizations typically are either not eligible or not able to become Internet2 members.
Sponsored Educational Group Participants
Sponsored Educational Group Participants (SEGPs) are individual research and education organizations that are engaged in collaboration with an Internet2 member or other sponsored participants on instructional, research, clinical or content-related projects. The impetus for sponsorship is the existence or planned existence of a collaborative project designed to develop or use advanced applications or further the deployment and use of advanced networking capabilities.
SEGPs are aggregations of educational organizations brought together in a state-wide or other wide-area network within a state. Examples of these aggregations are state-wide K-12 networks, community college networks, and similar collectives of educational organizations. These networks are engaged in applications development and other projects designed to enhance their use of advanced networking infrastructure and services.
Each SEGP is involved in the Internet2 K20 Initiative.
Rural Health Care Pilot Program Participants
Providing connectivity to health networks across the country under the Health Network Initiative is a natural extension of Internet2's existing network capabilities and complements its members' ongoing work in the health sciences arena. The Internet2 Network extends robust capabilities that are uniquely suited for healthcare and health applications.
The FCC Rural Healthcare Pilot Program is an enhanced funding initiative intended to help public and non-profit healthcare providers construct state- and region-wide broadband networks that can deliver telehealth and telemedicine services throughout the nation. The program will fund up to 85% of the costs of constructing those networks, as well as the costs of advanced telecommunications and information services that will ride over these networks. If selected, up to 85% of the cost of connecting to Internet2, a dedicated nationwide backbone, may also be funded by the pilot program.