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Sun Corridor Network Joins Internet2

Posted on Nov 05, 2015 by Elizabeth Boten
Tags: Community, Frontpage News, Internet2 Member

Membership in Internet2 enables faster connectivity for Arizona educators and researchers

TUCSON, Arizona—November 5— Today, Arizona’s Sun Corridor Network announced they have joined Internet2, the premier research and education technology community in the US, as a Research and Education Network member.  This membership integrates Sun Corridor Network into a community of more than 300 US universities, 70 government agencies, 42 regional and state education networks, 84 leading corporations and 90,000 community anchor institutions.

In addition to being a Research and Education Network member, the Sun Corridor Network also serves as Arizona’s direct connector to Internet2, providing high-speed, reliable connectivity and access to Internet2’s extensive network of research and education community partners.

Arizona’s three state universities—Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona—have long recognized the benefits of Internet2 as individual members for research and collaboration opportunities with other member universities and institutions. In 2013, the universities partnered to create Sun Corridor Network, to extend the benefits of Internet2 high speed connectivity to more research and education institutions in Arizona.  Arizona public schools, colleges, and libraries as well as state universities and museums are eligible to subscribe to the Sun Corridor Network.

“Schools, libraries, universities and museums around the country are leveraging their access to Internet2 to enhance learning outcomes and advance cutting edge research,” said Michael Sherman, executive director of Sun Corridor Network. “With Sun Corridor Network joining Internet2, we are making those educational opportunities available to Arizona schools and institutions.”

Internet2 began in 1996 as a project among 34 universities. It now consists of 300 higher education institutions and dozens of corporations, government agencies, and educational groups. 

“Sun Corridor Network has made significant investments in putting the leadership and relationships in place to accelerate Arizona’s ability to lead in advanced Internet-based research support, educational delivery and economic development,” said Rob Vietzke, Internet2, vice president of network services. “Internet2 is delighted to have Sun Corridor Network join the Internet2 community and we are excited about the opportunity to work more closely with all of Internet2 and Sun Corridor Network.”

Learn more about Internet2 membership.

*Soon after the Sun Corridor Network was formed, Maricopa Community College became a system member of Internet2, providing them with the opportunity to pursue the benefits of Internet2 membership as well as pursuing network connectivity provided by Sun Corridor Network.

About Internet2

Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research and community service missions.

Internet2 also operates the nation’s largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education network, with Internet2 Network Operations Center powered by Indiana University. Internet2 serves more than 90,000 community anchor institutions, 300 U.S. universities, 70 government agencies, 42 regional and state education networks, 84 leading corporations working with our community and more than 65 national research and education networking partners representing more than 100 countries.

Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, MI; Denver, CO; Emeryville, CA; Washington, DC; and West Hartford, CT. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.

About Sun Corridor Network

The Sun Corridor Network, Arizona’s research and educational network, provides gigabit-speed, reliable connectivity and access to the national research and education community via Internet2. The network creates direct connections between subscribers, provides opportunities for collaboration and information sharing, and makes available national and international educational resources. Sun Corridor Network is a collaborative effort sponsored by the Arizona Board of Regents’ (ABOR) three state universities— Arizona State University (ASU), Northern Arizona University (NAU), and the University of Arizona (UA). Arizona public schools, colleges, and libraries as well as state universities and museums are eligible to subscribe to the Sun Corridor Network. Learn more at suncorridornet.org.