Networking Initiatives

OARnet is more than just a statewide network with massive bandwidth. OARnet, sometimes autonomously and often in partnership with other local, state and federal organizations, actively participates in network-related initiatives that serve to aid and educate. This is accomplished through programs to expand broadband access, enhance community development, advance networking technologies, promote cross-cultural education and improve healthcare.


OMMC In 2010, OARnet formed a public-private partnership, called the Ohio Middle Mile Consortium, with Horizon Telcom, Com Net Inc., and OneCommunity. Together the partners developed a comprehensive statewide plan to expand broadband infrastructure throughout the state, and, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is netting Ohio $200 million in federal, state and private investment.

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Community Development

By working with the Ohio Broadband Council, the Office of Information Technology, Connect Ohio and state and local policymakers, Ohio communities are better able to increase broadband connectivity for residents and businesses.

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Connecting Rural Ohio

OARnet plays a leading role in the extension of Internet technology services to rural Ohio Appalachian communities through the Connecting Rural Ohio Wireless Neighborhood Project. OARnet and The Ohio State University Office of the CIO, with major funding from the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC), the Governor’s Office of Appalachia and the Ohio Community Computing Network (OCCN), are helping underserved communities achieve broadband Internet connectivity through wireless technologies.

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OARnet plays a major role in the national effort to develop and deploy the next generation of Internet technologies through its leadership of the Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center (ITEC-Ohio). Run by and funded by OARnet, ITEC-Ohio is a consortium of Ohio universities, government agencies, and corporate partners. Its mission is to examine critical new applications and infrastructure problems in order to meet the emerging academic, engineering, and industrial needs in research, education, government and commerce.

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While videoconferencing – in one form or another – has been around for several decades. Advancements in the 1990s gave us IP-based and multipoint videoconferencing and more efficient video compression technologies. Now, literally thousands of individuals can participate in face-to-face visual collaborations over the Internet.

Each year, OARnet engineers coordinate Megaconference speakers from across the globe, as they share their latest real-world uses of H.323 videoconferencing and other compatible systems.

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Megaconference Jr.

Representative Space Through multipoint videoconferencing coordinated by OARnet engineers – allows elementary and secondary school students around the world to communicate, collaborate and contribute to each other's learning in real time.

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Network Research

The Networking Research group at OARnet is primarily engaged in evaluating and developing novel and innovative network-based end-applications. Also, the group develops techniques and open-source tools for network-awareness required for end-users to identify and isolate bottleneck scenarios.

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Ohio GigaPop

OARnet’s participation in Ohio Gigapop serves to facilitate and coordinate the development, deployment, operation and technology transfer of advanced, network-based applications and network services to further Ohio leadership in research and higher education and accelerate the availability of new services and applications on the Internet.

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