The Quilt is the national coalition of advanced regional networks for research and education, representing 31 networks across the country. Participants in The Quilt provide advanced network services and applications to over 200 universities and thousands of other educational institutions.
With the goal of promoting consistent, reliable, interop¬erable and efficient advanced networking services that extend to the broadest possible community; and to represent common interests in the development and delivery of advanced network services, The Quilt:
Facilitates collaboration among regional networks
Advocates on behalf of regional networks, and
Helps regional networks leverage their collective experience and buying power.
Based on The Quilt participants' combined experiences in operations and development of leading-edge technologies, The Quilt aims to influence the national agenda on information technology infrastructure, with particular emphasis on networking for research and education. Through this coalition, The Quilt promotes delivery of networking services at lower cost, higher performance and greater reliability and security. The Quilt derives support and funding from a diverse base, including participants, federal agencies, and partners. It also relies on significant volunteer contributions from its participants.
Just like the various fabric patches of a quilt highlight different colors, patterns and textures, each regional network reflects the diversity and the unique qualities found in different parts of the country and the different institutions that particular network serves. Yet all regional patches must be stitched together seamlessly, coherently and interoperably to serve a larger purpose and community.