Past Projects and Initiatives

Please note that since these are past projects and initiatives, individual web pages may not represent current projects, technologies or information.  

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. For more information please visit the website at:


Run by and funded by OARnet, ITEC-Ohio was a consortium of Ohio universities, government agencies and corporate partners. Its mission was 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.


While video conferencing – 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, thousands of individuals can participate in face-to-face visual collaborations over the Internet.

Each year, OARnet engineers coordinated Megaconference speakers from across the globe, as they shared their latest real-world uses of H.323 videoconferencing and other compatible systems. For more information please visit the Megaconference website.

Network and Applied Research Group

The Networking Research and Applied Research Group at OARnet engaged in evaluating and developing novel and innovative network-based end applications. The group also developed techniques and open-source tools for network awareness required for end-users to identify and isolate bottleneck scenarios.  

Ohio's 100 Gbps Network & Innovation Center

In 2012, the State of Ohio, led by the Ohio Board of Regents and OARnet, invested $13 million in equipment to “open the faucet” of its current broadband network—increasing the speed of its former bandwidth of 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) to an impressive 100 Gbps. It connects to Internet2’s international 100 Gbps network backbone at data hubs in Cleveland and Cincinnati.

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.


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. More information can be found on OMMC's webpage.