The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research, a Pennsylvania based non-profit corporation, provides broadband connectivity, fosters collaboration, and promotes the innovative use of digital technologies throughout the state. As Pennsylvania’s only statewide research, education, and community network, KINBER provides network-based connectivity and services to over 135 organizations and programming to many more, including higher education, K12, healthcare, communities, libraries, public media, museums, government, non-profit organizations, as well as commercial organizations consistent with its mission. KINBER is a trusted technology partner that provides a strategic and competitive advantage to Pennsylvania-based organizations in the use of digital technologies and services.
KINBER is different from other broadband network providers in Pennsylvania in that it is a non-profit, membership-based statewide research, education, and community network. While KINBER provides network connectivity to many organizations within the state, its strength is the collaborations and partnerships that have formed and continue to form as KINBER facilitates communication among its members. KINBER is much more than a long string of fiber-optic cable or a traditional network service provider. KINBER is a national leader and trusted technology partner in the region, providing a full complement of network accessible services to Pennsylvania based organizations enabling them meet and achieve their strategic priorities and goals.
KINBER is recognized as a national leader in the promotion of diversity in Information Technology through initiatives such as Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) initiative, recently awarded the 2017 CENIC Innovations in Networking Award, as well as the creation of the KINBER Diversity Scholarship which supports women and first time attendee participation at KINBERCON, KINBER’s annual conference.
As a partner and technical assistance provider, KINBER has facilitated over $5.5M in grant awards from federal sources including the National Science Foundation awarded and spent in Pennsylvania or for cross-state collaborations. KINBER has contributed to the overall growth of awareness of cyberinfrastructure resources, tools and understanding among a diverse set of stakeholders in Pennsylvania ensuring a longer term strategic positioning of Pennsylvania with the robust cyberinfrastructure required to enable innovation, investment, and job creation in the state.