Governor John Kasich lit the first state-wide 100 Gbps broadband network on Tuesday that is expected to advance research and job growth in Ohio.
The $13 million investment increases Ohio??s current infrastructure from its current 10 Gbps capacity to 100 Gbps. Governor Kasich announced the agreement with Cisco and Juniper to implement the new technology at his 2012 State of the State address in February.
The expansion leverages over 1,850 miles of fiber optic network operated by the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet). Major metropolitan areas will be linked by connection points via Internet2, a nationwide advanced networking consortium led by the research and education community. The 21st century data highway intends to foster job growth across Ohio??s medical research, higher education, manufacturing, engineering and technology networking corridors.
Governor Kasich lit the broadband network at an event that was streamed live between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.