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UEN Joins US Ignite

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Rich Finlinson (801-585-7271, rfin@uen.org)

Utah Education Network joins US Ignite to bring ultra-fast broadband networking to Utah community anchors

(Washington) - The Utah Education Network (UEN), a state-funded consortium of K-12 and higher education and one of the nation's leading, public-serving broadband networks, will join the US Ignite initiative for advanced network development.

"US Ignite's partnership with UEN will demonstrate national leadership in next-generation applications," said Glenn Ricart, an organizer of US Ignite. "UEN and Utah are leaders in using advanced technology to span the distances separating its vibrant communities. This is an excellent fit with US Ignite."

"UEN already collaborates closely with University of Utah network researchers to develop and deploy leading-edge network technologies," said Eric Denna, CIO at the University of Utah and Interim Executive Director of UEN. "This partnership with US Ignite will now bring national collaboration on infrastructure and education to the communities we serve."

Over 60,000 educators and 780,000 students in Utah will have access to advanced teaching and learning applications to be developed under the US Ignite banner and leveraging UEN's statewide broadband reach.

Working with private sector telecommunications and Internet providers, UEN delivers broadband connectivity to public and charter schools, state universities, two-year colleges, and libraries throughout Utah and also provides connections to the advanced Internet2 Network and the Internet at large.

UEN recently received a $13.6 million Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant for extending broadband connectivity to 130 community anchor institutions and developing advanced optical networking capabilities in Utah. All will be upgraded by December 2012.

US Ignite is a public-private non-profit partnership that promotes US leadership in developing and deploying ultra-fast broadband and software-defined networks. The initiative has the potential to transform areas of national priority including education, clean energy, public safety, transportation, health care, manufacturing and workforce technologies. Initial sponsorship for US Ignite came from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

US Ignite encourages leadership and participation from industry participants, the venture capital community, community organizers, and foundations. US Ignite also works closely with the National Science Foundation's GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovations) research program that works with academic institutions to develop and deploy advanced technologies.

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