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District of Columbia and Wyoming Join U.S. UCAN

Nov 21, 2014, by Paul Caskey
Tags: Community Anchor Program

Internet2’s U.S. UCAN program welcomed its forty-third and forty-fourth state participants, the District of Columbia (D.C.) and Wyoming, this summer. The community anchor institutions (CAIs) in these states join the more than 93,000 CAIs already connected to Internet2.

DC’s participation is sponsored by George Washington University and facilitated through the Capital Area Advanced Research and Education Network (CAAREN) and DC-Net. All of D.C.’s K-12 schools and libraries, several hospitals, and other CAIs will now have access to Internet2. Like Internet2, DC-Net received a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to upgrade and extend its fiber footprint and connections to CAIs in D.C.

The University of Wyoming sponsored Wyoming’s U.S. UCAN participation and its connectivity is provided via the Front Page Gigapop, which is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and CENIC. The Governor of Wyoming Matt Mead lauded this development,stating, “We continue to expand access to high-speed broadband. This benefits all citizens and particularly children, resources like Internet2 allow us to compete and collaborate globally.” All of Wyoming’s K-12 schools and many other community anchor institutions, including libraries and community colleges, will now have access to the Internet2 network.

U.S. UCAN looks forward to collaborating with D.C. and Wyoming, advancing how its CAIs use advanced network and applications to better serve its communities. To find out how to get your community anchor organization connected to Internet2, please see a list of all of U.S. UCAN participating states and contact information.