Press Releases

Ohio pilots Federated Identity for colleges and K-12 
Policies, processes, technology to be explored to access cloud services

Columbus, Ohio (Oct 14, 2013)

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.


Team enters national US Ignite innovation competition; wins award for best advanced manufacturing app 
App focuses on high-speed network technologies to advance industry, education

Columbus, Ohio (Jul 2, 2013)

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.

Ohio’s ultra-fast statewide broadband network honored by leading national technology publication 
Computerworld names OARnet a 2013 Laureate in emerging technology

 (Jun 3, 2013)

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.

Metro Data Center LLC will host OARnet’s high-speed expansion 
Metro Data Center will serve as a Point of Presence (PoP) for OARnet.

 (Dec 17, 2012)

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).

Governor Kasich “Lights Up” Ohio’s New Broadband Pipeline 
The technology will create and enhance academic partnerships with businesses statewide.

Columbus, Ohio (Dec 11, 2012)

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.

Gov. Kasich to Light 100Gig Broadband Network 
The public is invited to view the event via live streaming video.

Columbus, Ohio (Dec 10, 2012)

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.

Shibboleth Hosting Enables More Higher Education Institutions to Join InCommon 
Fischer International to provide qualified institutions free access to its Shibboleth federation service

Denver, Colorado (Nov 6, 2012)

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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Ohio State Leads Project to Develop “Science DMZ” on Internet 
A $1 million federal grant will fund the construction of a unique computer network devoted to helping scientists collaborate over the Internet.

Columbus, Ohio (Sep 24, 2012)

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.

OARnet hosts national meeting of networking community  
Gathering at Ohio State features celebration of OARnet’s 25th anniversary

Columbus, Ohio (Sep 11, 2012)

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Columbus, OH (September 10, 2012) -A lot can happen in a quarter of a century, especially in the field of technology. This week, friends and colleagues of the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) are traveling here from across the country to celebrate the many achievements of the statewide networking organization on its 25th anniversary.

Ohio’s Ultra-Fast Broadband Network to Expand to Portsmouth, Wooster 
33 Campuses To Receive Funds to Implement Major Speed Boosts

Columbus, Ohio (May 7, 2012)


Columbus, Ohio (May 7, 2012) - Ohio’s new ultra-fast broadband network will have even greater statewide reach as the cities of Portsmouth and Wooster now will join Akron, Athens and Youngstown as hubs for Phase II development of a state-led initiative that will leverage astonishing network speeds of 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps).