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Ohio colleges and universities, K-12 schools, state and local governments, and related health care communities soon will once more be able to benefit from a unique aggregate purchasing agreement.

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Merit Network Inc. and the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) announced today that they have completed construction and lit optical equipment providing a secondary connection between their respective networks.

Ohio’s research and education network and several colleges and universities in the state are piloting projects to allow K-12 and community college students, faculty and staff to access multiple online resources with the credentials issued by their institution.

The projects are part of a national initiative of the Quilt, a national coalition of advanced regional networks for research and education, and Internet2, an advanced networking consortium led by the research and education community.


A team of academic and business organizations, mostly from Ohio, won an award for the “Best Application for Advanced Manufacturing” at the Next Generation Application Summit.

Columbus, Ohio/Washington, D.C. (June 4, 2013) – IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program named the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) as a 2013 Laureate in the “Emerging Technology” category last night during its Gala Evening and Awards Ceremony at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

Dublin, Ohio (December 17, 2012) – Metro Data Center, 565 Metro Place South, will serve as a Point of Presence (PoP) for the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet).

OARnet, a member of the Ohio Board of Regents Ohio Technology Consortium, provides affordable broadband access and technology aggregate purchasing services for its education, public broadcasting, health care, and government communities.

Columbus, OH (December 11, 2012) – During an unveiling of the completed upgrades to OARnet’s ultra high-speed fiber optic network backbone, Governor John Kasich showcased how the technology will create and enhance academic partnerships with businesses statewide.

Columbus, OH (December 10, 2012) – During his 2012 State of the State address, Governor John R. Kasich announced that the State of Ohio, led by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet), would increase the speed of the state’s research and education network from 10 to 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) by the end of the year.

DENVER (November 6, 2012) — Fischer International Identity recently announced that it would provide free access to its cloud-based Shibboleth Identity Provider (IdP) federation solution for qualified institutions. In addition to deploying and hosting the Shibboleth IdP for two years at no charge, Fischer also will provide free 24x7 management and support for 5,000 users.

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COLUMBUS, OH (September 24, 2012)  – A $1 million federal grant will fund the construction of a unique computer network devoted to helping scientists collaborate over the Internet with minimal interference from security measures.