KINBER’s PennREN Network in Pennsylvania Expands Access Through New Fiber Connection to WiscNet and Additional Internet Peering Capacity

KINBER’s PennREN Network in Pennsylvania Expands Access Through New Fiber Connection to WiscNet and Additional Internet Peering Capacity

HARRISBURG (Aug. 17) – The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) and WiscNet turned up a new fiber-optic peering connection between the two networks in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin this week. KINBER, Pennsylvania’s statewide research, education, and community network and trusted technology partner, provides advanced networking infrastructure and services to non-profit organizations and fosters collaboration between Pennsylvania-based organizations for value-added services such as Internet2 connectivity, realistic high-definition video, real-time videoconferencing, and data sharing. WiscNet is an independent nonprofit membership organization established in 1989 to meet the advanced research and education networking connectivity needs of higher education, technical colleges, K12 schools, libraries, municipalities, and hospitals throughout Wisconsin.

The new 10GE fiber-optic based peering connection at the Equinix Data Center at 350 E Cermak Rd, Chicago is a collaborative effort between KINBER and WiscNet and now provides greater capacity and speed between Pennsylvania and Wisconsin institutions in addition to access to the Wisconsin Regional Internet Peering Service (WRIPS). KINBER’s new 5G subscription to WiscNet’s WRIPS service will provide KINBER members with additional value-added connectivity and routes. The WRIPS service also offers enhanced redundancy with this new diverse pathway to network routes and other interconnection opportunities in Chicago.

“We are pleased to partner with KINBER as a regional peering connection and to be able to offer the WiscNet WRIPS service to institutions in Pennsylvania through KINBER,” said David Lois, CEO, WiscNet.

The new peering connection and the addition of the WRIPS service is a great benefit for KINBER members and connected institutions and enables additional network access for KINBER’s PennREN network. In addition to WiscNet, KINBER also currently has network peering connections with OARnet, the Ohio research and education network; NJEDge.Net, the New Jersey Research and Education network; WVNet the West Virginia network; and ESnet, the national energy sciences network and will continue to add and grow additional peering connections in the future to provide new services, redundancy and connectivity in Pennsylvania.

“Through this new partnership, KINBER and WiscNet are able to increase services to our communities in Pennsylvania and strengthen collaboration with network providers in other regions outside the Northeast,” said Wendy Huntoon, president and CEO of KINBER. “Both organizations are now better positioned to enable enhanced education, research, workforce development, and collaboration among anchor institutions in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.”

About KINBER
The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) is Pennsylvania’s statewide research, education and community network. The non-profit membership organization is comprised of education, healthcare, economic development, libraries, public media, government and other non-profit organizations devoted to fostering collaboration through technology. Established in 2010 through a $99.6 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, KINBER provides network connectivity and services to more than 85 organizations in Pennsylvania. KINBER is committed to delivering equitable, reliable and affordable digital infrastructure and tools to inspire tomorrow’s scientific discoveries, enable the exchange of ideas and culture among diverse populations, educate the next generation of citizens and revitalize Pennsylvania’s economy. For more information, visit http://KINBER.org or follow @KINBER on Twitter.

About WiscNet
WiscNet is an independent 501c3 nonprofit membership organization established in 1989 to meet the advanced research and education networking connectivity needs of higher education, technical colleges, K12 schools, libraries, municipalities, and hospitals throughout Wisconsin. WiscNet works in partnership with various regional and national networks as well as the private sector to provide Internet connectivity to over 500 public sector organizations. For more information, visit www.wiscnet.net.

CONTACT:
Leslie Amorós
KINBER
(717) 880-4196

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