Press Releases

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. 

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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.

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2021-22 OARnet Annual Report 

Columbus, Ohio (Sep 6, 2022)

I am pleased to share with you OARnet’s annual report for the 2021-22 fiscal year. As we celebrate our 35th anniversary, we are excited about the progress we have made as an organization over the last year and about the major initiatives that lie ahead.

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OARnet launches network upgrade for Ohio’s PreK-12 schools 
Federal grant supports major boost to educational bandwidth

Columbus, Ohio (Aug 1, 2022)

The Management Council and OARnet will boost the bandwidth of Ohio's PreK-12 schools from 10 to 100 Gbps thanks to an ESSER Fund grant.


OARnet hosts in-person spring 2022 member meeting 

Columbus, Ohio (Jun 27, 2022)

The Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) hosted its biannual member in-person meeting on May 18 at Ohio University in conjunction with the Ohio Higher Education Computing Council conference. The meeting featured OARnet’s latest projects, a presentation from BroadbandOhio and panel discussions on security and workforce development.


BroadbandOhio leverages OARnet’s statewide backbone to boost connectivity in Ohio’s unserved and underserved areas 
State broadband initiative unites public, private and not-for-profit partners to expand affordable high-speed internet access

Columbus, Ohio (Jun 24, 2022)

Over the last two years, OARnet has worked with the state’s BroadbandOhio initiative to explore how to expand broadband service to underserved and unserved areas of Ohio.

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OARnet connects with Denison Edge in downtown Columbus 
New workforce development program links students, industry experts

Columbus, Ohio (May 17, 2022)

A new program is connecting college students with business professionals in Columbus to help them accelerate their careers. Denison Edge, launched by Denison University, is a last-mile skills program designed to support Ohio liberal arts students seeking to gain industry expertise, leadership skills and business acumen.

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OARnet's upgrade to 400G profiled by Juniper Networks 
Scaling Ohio's fiber optic backbone while preserving existing capital investments and expertise

Columbus, Ohio (Apr 13, 2022)

In a new case study, Juniper details OARnet's work to stay ahead of growing client needs for cloud computing, network services and more by .

First to 400G

OARnet among Internet2's "First to 400G" 
Upgrades to Cleveland and Cincinnati connections improve access to national research and education network

Columbus, Ohio (Mar 1, 2022)

The Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) is one of the first five Research and Education Networks in the nation to initiate a 400 Gigabit per second (Gbps) connection to the Internet2 Network by the end of 2021, with work due for completion this year.