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Idaho State University announces partnershp with Idaho Regional Optical Network, will increase broadband communication

Posted February 10, 2012

Idaho State University is increasing its broadband communications infrastructure for enhanced education and research opportunities to serve ISU's main campus, as well as centers in Meridian, Idaho Falls, and Twin Falls by entering a partnership with the Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON).

Access to IRON’s ultra high-speed, fiber optic network will expand ISU's effectiveness in creating opportunities for the school's students, faculty, administrators, and research staff, and will  also enhance Idaho's collective ability to advance science, research, education, health care and economic development across the entire state.

"We are proud to be an IRON Charter Associate," said ISU Chief Information Officer, Randy Gaines. "This partnership strengthens ISU's ability to connect with other universities, the Idaho Education Network, Regional Optical Networks in surrounding states, and the nation's advanced research and education networks, and provides an important competitive advantage.  We are also looking forward to having a leadership voice in Idaho’s future high speed connectivity for research.”

Chartered in late 2007, "IRON" ( is a cooperative effort between five universities located in the Northwest region of the United States, the State of Idaho, the Idaho Hospital Association, and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), to establish a high-performance Regional Optical Network (RON) within the State of Idaho.  IRON is owned, operated and managed by its Charter Associates. Today, only three years after its inception, IRON provides low-cost, high-speed bandwidth to more than 175,000 students, teachers, researchers, and health care professionals across the state of Idaho.

Organizations eligible to participate in the Idaho Regional Optical Network, Inc. (IRON), a not-for-profit Idaho corporation, include those engaged in research, public and private education, health care, and economic development; as well as libraries, museums, and local, state, and federal government agencies.  IRON, like 40 similar organizations operating  in other states across the country, provides access and connectivity, at speeds of up to 10 billion characters per second, to both of the nation’s advanced research and education broadband networks, Internet2 (, and the National Lambda Rail (