OSHEAN has selected Sidera Networks to extend its network into Bristol County, MA. The expansion is will provide area colleges and universities with the dedicated fiber connectivity needed to support the growing bandwidth and speed demands of connected, dynamic campus environments.
OSHEAN is a nonprofit coalition of universities, hospitals and government agencies dedicated to providing technology solutions for its member institutions. In September 2010, as a part of the American Recovery & Revitalization Act (ARRA) Federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), OSHEAN was awarded a federal broadband stimulus grant to bring high capacity networks to the schools, libraries, universities, community colleges, hospitals and government agencies of Rhode Island and Bristol County, Massachusetts.
"We looked at various providers for this expansion. Sidera's flexibility, out-of-the-box thinking and ability to respond quickly to our specific requirements made their team the ideal partner for our project," said George Loftus, President and CEO of OSHEAN. "Our member institutions now have access to Sidera's high-touch customer service and outstanding network expertise -- exactly what these organizations need to enhance the speed and reliability of communication on their campuses and beyond."
OSHEAN recently announced that it had contracted with Cox for infrastructure in Rhode Island as well (see "OSHEAN partners with Cox Business on Rhode Island fiber network").
With dedicated high-capacity fiber connectivity, members of OSHEAN in Bristol County, which include the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Stonehill College, Bridgewater State University and Wheaton College, will now able to connect at 10,000 Mbps -- speeds critical for research applications and superior communications.
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