PennREN helps tackle PBS funding challenges

Pennsylvania's next generation broadband network brings "After Abbey" to PBS viewers across the commonwealth Heather Herzog, IT Communications, Penn State January 14, 2014Greg Petersen is getting creative. As director of broadcasting for Penn State's public broadcasting stations WPSU TV and radio, Petersen has seen millions in funding cuts to public media stations across the nation — with states like Pennsylvania, Florida, New Hampshire and New Jersey totally eliminating their … [Read more...]

KINBER Update – Board Meeting Highlights and New Pricing

Dear KINBER members, Before the holidays, the KINBER Board of Directors met in Harrisburg for its final full meeting of 2013.  Highlights of the meeting include: New pricing model.  The new member prices, which are attached to this email, include a longevity benefit for members on-net or off-net, with a reduction of up to 50 percent of the rates for a three-year contract, sub gigabit pricing and a new burstable rate offering.  The Board did not modify commodity internet pricing during this … [Read more...]

KINBER Welcomes Three Experienced Directors to the Board

STATE COLLEGE, PA (Dec. 19) -- Stacey Aldrich, Tim O’Rourke and Jerome P. DeSanto, Ed.D., were recently appointed to the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) by his and her respective organizations. Aldrich, who serves as Pennsylvania’s deputy secretary for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Pennsylvania Department of Education, comes to KINBER with more than 20 years of professional library experience. She served as the state librarian in California, where … [Read more...]

KINBER and Velocity Network Complete State-of-the-Art Fiber Optic Connection

New Opportunities Created for Collaborative Research and Education PITTSBURGH, PA (June 26) -- Education and research in Northwest Pennsylvania just got a whole lot faster. Earlier this morning at the 2013 KINBER Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, State College-based Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) announced that Velocity Network connected the Pennsylvania Research and Education Network to the WQLN Public Media studios in Erie, Penn., and successfully … [Read more...]

Public Media Serves as Trailblazer

First time a last-mile provider linked organizations not directly connected to PennREN In June 2013, KINBER announced that Velocity Network connected PennREN to the WQLN Public Media studios in Erie and successfully transmitted data to WPSU in State College. The connection is a milestone for KINBER and represents the first time a last-mile provider linked organizations that are not connected directly to the PennREN network. According to Dwight Miller, the former president of WQLN, “This … [Read more...]