Higher Education

Serving Public Universities, Private Colleges & Community Colleges

KINBER is a collaborative community of education, healthcare, economic development, libraries, government and public media organizations that utilize the high-performance Pennsylvania Research and Education Network, also known as PennREN. By offering essential services and exceptional member support, KINBER will help your institution achieve its mission and goals through the ongoing discovery, application and transfer of new network technologies. Essentially, KINBER provides access to connectivity, content, and collaboration.

KINBER believes in the strength of a vibrant, collaborative educational community that can work with leading technology firms to address challenges of common interest for the common good. By connecting organizations, building relationships and sharing services, educational institutions can achieve far more together than they can alone.


Why Higher Education Loves KINBER

  • KINBER assures campuses have a world class broadband connection that enables services ranging from connecting to Internet2 to non-interrupted, buffer-free video streaming.
  • KINBER promotes high bandwidth and networking to support institutional missions and answers the continually escalating technology access demands of higher education institution’s faculty, staff and students.
  • KINBER connects entities for teaching, research and development-based collaboration.
  • KINBER provides an opportunity to aggregate services for members at affordable costs.
  • KINBER provides access for administrators to conduct online assessments and access data for effective decision making.
  • KINBER provides access to affordable technology and services that many organizations previously could not reach.
  • KINBER provides next generation broadband access to effectively create rigorous, technology-infused learning environments with videoconferencing and distance learning.
  • KINBER facilitates professional development and helps professors to engage in professional learning communities as well as access new educational resources such as curriculum cadres and educational portals

Making the Difference in Research

  • KINBER’s PennREN enables exchange of large volumes of data quickly and provides immediate, on demand solutions for extreme data demands.
  • KINBER provides access to specialized national and international resources, such as world-class equipment and specialized data sets.
  • KINBER enables access to high performance computing at partner institutions.
  • KINBER helps professors collaborate more on research and education projects over a distance, such as overseas collaborations.

PennREN, KINBER’s High Speed High Capacity Network

PennREN was built and is managed by KINBER. The network provides next generation broadband to non-profit organizations across 50 counties of Pennsylvania. It enables value-added services like Ultra (4K) high-definition (UHD) video, telepresence or videoconferencing, and data sharing. The collaborative environment also provides opportunities for member institutions to share best practices, content and programs across the network and save costs using KMEX, the KINBER Member Exchange.

Interested in accessing these services? Contact info@kinber.org for more information.

Higher Education Highlights

Villanova University – Nothing But Net(work)

The emotion and energy was electric on the suburban Philadelphia campus of Villanova University the night of the Championship win, where many of Villanova’s undergraduate, graduate and law students, as well as alumni and friends, collectively watched the live streaming video and rejoiced.

And KINBER assisted with creating that magical night on campus by helping Villanova meet its technology needs. “During the middle of the basketball tournament, KINBER’s expertise and quick response allowed us to meet student demand while maintaining our operations across the University, which we very much appreciated,” said John Center, director of Network & Communication Services at Villanova.

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Bucknell University – The Benefits of Fiber (Optics) 

When Param Bedi, vice president for library and information technology, came to Bucknell University from Philadelphia in 2008, he was chagrined to learn he had access to greater internet bandwidth at his home in suburban Philly than he did at his new office. 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.

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Community College of Beaver County Is First to Receive First PennREN Services

 To help reach the goal of ensuring students, faculty, and administrators have the necessary connectivity to support learning, the Community College of Beaver County became KINBER’s first customer to receive commodity internet services in October 2012. “Our affiliation with KINBER will help us achieve that goal and assist us in expanding the use of technology to support learning,” said Dr. Joe D. Forrester, president.

Using KINBER’s services has helped CCBC increase new possibilities to use technology, while reducing the cost for internet services. With connectivity to PennREN, CCBC now has the opportunity to expand future offerings, such as a library management system, video conferencing, and synchronous online courses. Walter Lukhaup, CCBC vice president of information technology, noted, “Our experience with KINBER has been very positive. As the second smallest community college in the state, CCBC often seeks to find ways to collaborate, and working with KINBER provides opportunities for cooperation.”

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