When Param Bedi, vice president for library and information technology, came to Bucknell University from Philadelphia in 2008, he was dismayed to learn that he had access to greater internet bandwidth at his home in suburban Philly than he did at his new offices in Bucknell. Six years later, Bucknell’s internet speeds ranked 14th among all colleges and universities, and the University is spending less for the service. The difference, Bedi said, has been KINBER. Connection to KINBER’s PennREN network also allows access to Internet2, a national high-speed network with 93,000 community network hubs, providing opportunities for live internet video-conferences and symposia, digital archiving, and distributed teaching and learning. Bucknell is considering joining the network, Bedi said, something that wasn’t possible before KINBER. Tapping into the network would also allow local school districts to join the 60 percent of K–12 schools connected to Internet2. “From a business standpoint, providing high-speed internet is going to set us apart from other areas,” he added. “Our ultimate goal is to support the economic development of our area. We’ve got to make sure we have the resources in place to provide that.”
Connection to PennREN also provides Bucknell the ability to access to Internet2, the national high-speed network with 93,000 community anchor instititons, providing opportunities for live internet video-conferencing and online symposia, digital archiving, distributed teaching and learning, and advanced research. Bucknell joined the Internet2 network, Bedi said, something that wasn’t possible before KINBER. Through its membership to Internet2 Bucknell has now seen significant cost savings on cloud services for the university.