Press Releases


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.

Image of the downtown Columbus skyline with the words Denison Edge A Knowlton Center Initiative

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.

Screenshot of the Juniper Networks case study

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.

Graphic showing eight points along the CERF ring against an outline of the state of Ohio

New partnership bolsters Cincinnati-area higher education network 
OARnet takes on management of fiber network segment serving several colleges and universities

Columbus, Ohio (Feb 22, 2022)

For 15 years, the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and Xavier University shared the Cincinnati Education and Research Fiber Ring (CERF) to support the education and research missions of their schools. When the schools learned in fall 2021 that the CERF ring would no longer be donated by their benefactor, the members reached out to OARnet for assistance.

BMV Kiosk

Ohio BMV pilots self-service kiosks with help from OARnet  
New initiative will increase public accessibility to motor vehicle services

Columbus, Ohio (Nov 1, 2021)

In an effort to make its services easier to access, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) recently announced the launch of nine self-service kiosks at deputy registrar and retail locations around the state. These kiosks, currently in a pilot phase, will allow Ohio drivers to renew their vehicle registration and print out their new registration cards and validation stickers while minimizing wait times at the BMV. 


OARnet awarded National Science Foundation grant to develop STEM training and research resources for higher education 
Facing a growing need for secured education cyberinfrastructure, OARnet and partners will develop the Virtual Research-Education Ohio (VROhio) program

Columbus, Ohio (Oct 4, 2021)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded OARnet a planning grant to develop a network of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) training and research resources for smaller higher education institutions in the state of Ohio.

In December 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine allocated $12.1 million through the Governors Emergency Education Relief program to upgrade OARnet's last-mile internet connections to 40 colleges and universities.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine speaks from a lectern outside Mayfair Elementary School in East Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted announce broadband expansion project in East Cleveland 
OARnet helps bring affordable high-speed internet access to underserved community

East Cleveland, Ohio (Apr 7, 2021)

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced a new broadband expansion project located in the City of East Cleveland. The pilot project launched today will connect residents to reliable, low-cost high-speed internet. 

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted speaks from a podium outside a Riverside Local Schools building in Logan County, Ohio.

Husted announces broadband pilot project expanding access in rural northwestern Ohio 
Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Director of InnovateOhio, announced the launch of several innovative projects involving OARnet at Riverside Local Schools to expand access to broadband for students in rural northwestern Ohio.

Logan County, Ohio (Jan 13, 2021)

Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Director of InnovateOhio, today visited Riverside Local School District in Logan County to announce the launch of several innovative projects at the school that are funded through Ohio’s K-12 Broadband Connectivity Grant and that will help provide affordable high-speed internet access to a student population that is largely underserved by broadband.


Last Mile Enhancement Program brings tenfold increase in broadband speed to 41 Ohio colleges and universities 
Students, faculty to benefit from faster connectivity, expanded access

Columbus, Ohio (Dec 21, 2020)

Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Chancellor Randy Gardner and OARnet have announced the $12.1 million Last Mile Enhancement Program to increase broadband speeds by 1,000% at 41 Ohio colleges and universities.

The award will also enable all 87 OARnet-connected colleges and universities to double their internet subscriptions for two years beginning Jan. 1, 2021. The added capacity will enable more bandwidth-intensive applications and better facilitate remote instruction.