Partnering to bring connectivity to Higher Education

November 4, 2015 | News Release

Moving forward and striving to stay on the forefront of research and education, the Kansas Research and Education Network (KanREN, Inc.) announced their plan to bring 100Gbps connectivity to Kansas research universities by mid-2016. The ability to share resources and collaborate at the speeds needed represents the creative thinking of KanREN and it’s members. KanREN has partnered with the service provider, KsFiberNet to supply part of the 100Gbps connections envisioned.

KanREN, a non-profit consortium of colleges, universities, school districts and other organizations in Kansas, was organized for the purpose of facilitating communication among its members and providing them with connectivity to the Internet and other research and education resources via a statewide network.

“We look forward to growing our partnership with KanREN by providing the highly reliable networking solutions required of KanREN and the Kansas higher education facilities that they support,” said Steven Dorf, President of KsFiberNet.

KsFiberNet is a regional broadband transport network providing dedicated Internet and private data networks for wholesale, government, education, healthcare and banking customers. With approximately 2,800 miles of fiber optic cable routes around the state, KsFiberNet is providing a portion of the network, enabling KanREN and it’s members to easily communicate and share resources between facilities.

“We’ve followed KsFiberNet’s growth since their beginning and are pleased to be working with them in this capacity,” said Cort Buffington, Executive Director of KanREN. “The benefits of KanREN’s improved service and KsFiberNet’s increased business both have a positive economic impact on the state of Kansas. KanREN and KsFiberNet are perfect partners.”

The benefits of this partnership extend past the universities into the surrounding communities, allowing quality education, continual growth and adding to Kansans quality of life.

Posted: November 18, 2015