Pitt-Bradford has tripled its Internet capacity through the efforts of
a technology consortium of universities called the Keystone Initiative forNetwork Education and Research.
The University of Pittsburgh is a
member of KINBER, which built the $99.6 million Pennsylvania Research andEducational Network, known as PennREN, whichconnects
70 locations across the state with 1,600 miles of fiber-optic cable.
Funding for the PennREN project was
provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The network is
available for all Pennsylvania nonprofit agencies.
“There’s been a significant
improvement for students using the Internet,” said Greg Miller, coordinator of
residential network services at Pitt-Bradford.
Bill Kline, director of desktop/user
services, said, “It places us in a good position for any future faculty
research that professors want to conduct with faculty at other institutions on
the network,” explaining that the capacity of the network would allow for the
easy transmission of large amounts of data.
The improved network is also an
advantage for the university’s new regional campus video learning initiative,
which will transmit live feeds of unique classes between campuses.