Internet2 Community Anchor Program Established in Mississippi to Expand Support for Higher Education
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 31, 2020– An Internet2 Community Anchor Program (CAP) has been established in Mississippi, thanks to sponsorship efforts by Internet2 community members from the Mississippi Optical Network (MissiON).
The Internet2 CAP works with regional and local research and education networks across the country to connect the full range of community anchor institutions to advanced broadband capabilities. MissiON, in its capacity as both a connector and CAP sponsor, will coordinate efforts to connect Mississippi’s community anchor institutions and related programmatic activities to the Internet2 Network.
“We are thrilled to welcome MissiON to the Internet2 Community Anchor Program community, and look forward to working with them to help their community anchor institutions make the most of their connection,” said Stephanie Stenberg, Director of the Internet2 Community Anchor Program.
MissiON was originally built to serve the Mississippi Research Consortium, which is comprised of the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, University of Southern Mississippi, and Jackson State University; University of Mississippi Medical Center; Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center; and the Stennis Space Center.
Dr. Josh Gladden, Chair of the Mississippi Research Consortium MissiON Committee, and Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Mississippi, believes reliable high-speed connectivity is critical to both the research and educational missions of colleges and universities in Mississippi. “The expansion of access to Internet2 among a broader group of Mississippi institutions will foster increased collaboration between researchers and scholars across our state, which will ultimately boost the impact of our research missions,” said Gladden.
Through the Internet2 CAP, MissiON will expand its outreach efforts to help connect more higher education institutions in Mississippi to Internet2 resources. The first institutions that will be taking advantage of the high-speed network connection are: Alcorn State University, Delta State University, Mississippi University for Women, and Mississippi Valley State University.
“The Internet2 Community Anchor Program is going to be a great addition for smaller institutions that will now have access to many of the resources, programs, and information available through Internet2,” added David Sliman, Chief Information Officer at the University of Southern Mississippi. “The regional universities joined MissiON to access high-speed connectivity within the state, and through the Internet2 CAP, Mississippi students, faculty, and staff have the ability to communicate and collaborate using resources generally afforded to larger institutions.”
MissiON has two 100G connections to the Internet2 Network—in Jackson, MS, and Atlanta, GA—through which it connects its consortium members. These two high-speed connections will also be available to Mississippi’s community anchor institutions through the Internet2 CAP.
Dr. Edwin Craft, Chief Information Officer at Delta State University, says his institution is excited to be a part of this milestone for Mississippi. “It has been a goal of Delta State for some time to have access to the additional services offered by Internet2,” said Craft. “Programs such as the university’s Center for Geospatial Information Technologies will benefit immediately from the higher bandwidth provided by MissiON and Internet2.”
Internet2® is a non-profit, member-driven advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 serves 323 U.S. universities, 60 government agencies, 43 regional and state education networks and through them supports more than 100,000 community anchor institutions, over 1,000 InCommon participants, and 56 leading corporations working with our community, and 70 national research and education network partners that represent more than 100 countries.
Internet2 delivers a diverse portfolio of technology solutions that leverages, integrates, and amplifies the strengths of its members and helps support their educational, research and community service missions. Internet2’s core infrastructure components include the nation’s largest and fastest research and education network that was built to deliver advanced, customized services that are accessed and secured by the community-developed trust and identity framework.
Sara Aly, Internet2