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Network Participants

Internet2 provides access to high-performance networking for participating members, as well as other organizations whose connectivity benefits higher education in the United States. Internet2 exists to advance the goal of facilitating and enabling the development of advanced network applications, services, and content that enable routine collaboration on instructional, clinical, and/or research projects, services, and content among participants. Any organization that subscribes to or uses Internet2 services through a connector, through a direct connection, or through any other route is considered to be an Internet2 Network Participant. Participants may be Primary or Sponsored. Within the Sponsored Participation category there are two classes, Sponsored Individual Institutions, and the Internet2 Community Anchor Program (CAP).

Primary Network Participants

Primary Participants 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 Network capabilities. All Internet2 Higher Education Members are also Primary Network Participants. Affiliate (including federal affiliates) and industry members may also choose to become Primary Network Participants.

Internet2 Community Anchor Program (CAP)

The Internet2 Community Anchor Program enables community anchor institutions (CAIs) within a state to connect to Internet2 in support of collaborative projects designed to develop or use advanced applications or further the deployment and use of advanced networking capabilities. Being part of the Internet2 Community Anchor Program within a state allows eligible CAIs to use the Internet2 network, but the CAIs are not regular members of Internet2.

Examples of organizations that are eligible to connect through the Internet2 Community Anchor Program include K-12 institutions; public libraries; community, vocational or technical colleges; baccalaureate colleges and universities; museums, or other non-university related educational, cultural, or public institutions within the same state; tribal organizations and related anchors; healthcare providers; public safety agencies; government entities; and any other entity agreed upon in writing by the state’s Community Anchor Program sponsors and Internet2.

Each state is eligible to participate in the Internet2 Community Anchor Program through the sponsorship of an Internet2 “research active” Higher Education member (Internet2 uses a threshold of $40,000,000 or more of annual R&D expenditures - self-reported to the NSF HERD database - to identity “research active” higher education institutions). 

Internet2 Community Anchor Program participants, also known as CAIs, are connected through an Internet2 Network Connector and are overseen by an Internet2 Community Anchor Program Sponsor – regional research and education networks and Connectors, telehealth networks, state-wide education networks, community college networks, and similar collectives of research and education organizations. These networks are engaged in applications development and other projects designed to enhance their use of advanced networking infrastructure and services.

Sponsored Participants

Sponsored participants are individual institutions (including not-for-profit or for-profit organizations) that require routine collaboration on instructional, clinical, and/or research projects, services, and content with Internet2 University participants or with other Sponsored Participants. Such organizations typically are either not eligible or not able to become Internet2 members but are able to connect to the Internet2 network via Internet2  network connectors.