NYSERNet Hosts Network Security Summit August 24, 2011

June 23, 2011

What are the best practices and tools for incident response? And what about DNSSEC? With engineers and security officers from member institutions increasingly concerned over threats to their networks, and even universities with dedicated network security organizations expressing need to improve tracking of emerging malicious technologies, implement compliance standards, and deploy campus specific security policies—all within budget—by summer 2010 NYSERNet realized that network security education required more than just a session or two at a general conference; only a concentrated agenda wholly dedicated to security issues would permit members the immersion with peers required.

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OARnet: Construction begins for Ohio Middle Mile partners August 23, 2011

Com Net, Inc., Horizon Telcom and OneCommunity, collectively awarded a total of $141.3 million in federal stimulus funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, have received the go-ahead to break ground on their projects. The awarded projects will add more than 3,600 new miles of broadband fiber throughout Ohio.

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20+ BTOP Grants for Quilt Community August 22, 2011

20+ BTOP Grants for Quilt Community

Quilt participants or their members were involved in 20 successful funding grants under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) over the past year or two. And many more BTOP grants received funding thanks to technical expertise and support provided by Quilt participants. This impressive result testifies to the critical role regional networks and their “middle mile” fiber routes play in realizing the goal of the National Broadband Plan that every American community should have affordable access to at least 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) broadband service.

These new BTOP funds will enable regional networks to improve existing broadband infrastructure to currently connected community anchor institutions and to extend their networks to reach more institutions within their own geographic area. And with lower fiber acquisition costs, regionals will be able to serve additional community anchors at only the incremental costs of reaching them.

Perhaps just as significantly, these new BTOP grants provide the opportunity for new conversations between regional networks and new partners, or to revive conversations with existing partners, and to think of private/public partnerships in entirely new ways to achieve improved broadband to a growing number of participants who are becoming part of these networking communities.

For a directory of BTOP awards received by regional networks, see:

Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP)