Press Releases


5G-OH and OARnet internship program invests in the future broadband workforce 
Ohio State initiative collaborates with OARnet to establish broadband internship that provides future network professionals with real-world experience today.

Columbus, Ohio (Sep 26, 2023)

To support workforce development for the ever-increasing broadband and wireless technology industry, the 5G and Broadband Connectivity Center (5G-OH) at The Ohio State University has partnered with OARnet to create an internship program that provides real-world experience in broadband, networking and telecommunications technologies.

Doug Button (right) and Aaron Wise (left) standing in front of networking equipment.

High school STEM camp leads student to job with OARnet 

Columbus, Ohio (Jul 13, 2023)
Doug Button (right) gained valuable experience in his student position, where he worked with Director of Networking Aaron Wise (left).
Signage at Member Meeting

OARnet hosts spring 2023 member meeting in conjunction with OHECC 

Fairborn, Ohio (May 10, 2023)

The Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) hosted its biannual Member Meeting on May 10 in conjunction with the Ohio Higher Education Computing Council (OHECC) annual conference held at Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio. The meeting provided an opportunity for OARnet and its partners to share important updates on infrastructure upgrades, security services and broadband expansion efforts that impact higher education institutions, as well as to foster discussions about topical interests such as ChatGPT.

BroadbandOhio invites public to provide feedback on state broadband strategy 
OARnet encourages constituents to attend discussions on Ohio’s broadband expansion efforts

Columbus, Ohio (Mar 14, 2023)

BroadbandOhio will host a series of listening sessions March 16 to April 20 to gather public feedback on revisions to its statewide broadband strategy. The effort will support the development of a comprehensive plan to close the digital divide in Ohio.

The Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet), a BroadbandOhio partner, encourages members of its communities (higher education, PreK-12, state and local government and community-based health care providers) to participate in the discussions.

Broadband innovations, OARnet help Ohio land the world’s first “Intelligent State” honor  
Intelligent Community Forum recognizes state’s efforts to expand broadband access

Columbus, Ohio (Jan 3, 2023)

OARnet was highlighted as a key part of Ohio's selection as the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)’s first “Intelligent State” honoree for efforts to improve broadband access and infrastructure to support economic growth.

Screenshot of FCC broadband mapping tool

BroadbandOhio calls for input to improve accuracy of new high-speed internet map 
OARnet supports state effort to ensure access to essential internet service

Columbus, Ohio (Dec 19, 2022)

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has created a new map showing where high-speed internet service is available across Ohio, and BroadbandOhio is seeking help to ensure everyone has access to this essential service.


OARnet connecting communities through cutting-edge technology for 35 years 
Rooted in higher education, statewide network has grown to improve life for all Ohioans

Columbus, Ohio (Dec 9, 2022)

OARnet has consistently connected communities through cutting-edge technology for 35 years. Expanding from the support of higher education to serving state and local government, public broadcasting, health care and Next Generation 911 emergency call centers, OARnet has improved the lives of all Ohioans.

A photo from the OARnet Fall 2022 Member Meeting

OARnet hosts Fall 2022 Member Meeting in person and online 
Full day of discussion included security, infrastructure and expert guests

Columbus, Ohio (Nov 4, 2022)

OARnet's Fall 2022 Member Meeting was held in person and online and featured a range of topics and guest experts with more than 80 IT and networking professionals in attendance. 

Ohio Narcotics Intelligence Center logo

OARnet assists with expansion of state narcotics intelligence operation  
Program analyzes digital data from criminal investigations to combat drug trafficking in Ohio

Columbus , Ohio (Oct 20, 2022)

The State of Ohio established two new Ohio Narcotics Intelligence Center (ONIC) offices in Toledo and Cincinnati this year to expand the use of computer forensics to combat drug trafficking. The Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) worked with the sites to support the bandwidth needed for law enforcement to process and analyze the large volume of digital data uncovered in criminal investigations.

WOSU Public Media's Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio

OARnet connects WOSU Public Media to new Columbus headquarters  
Transition to new broadcasting facility called for collaboration among engineering and technology teams

Columbus, Ohio (Sep 21, 2022)

Working collaboratively with the Broadcast Educational Media Commission (BEMC), the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) and The Ohio State University, WOSU Public Media moved from its long-time home at Ohio State’s Fawcett Center to a state-of-the-art building located just east of campus at the corner of 14th Avenue and Pearl Street. Although the project required years of planning, construction and a carefully orchestrated transition of equipment, WOSU maintained seamless and uninterrupted broadcasts to the community throughout the process.