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TWU adds new high-speed research network

10/2/14

DENTON— Texas Woman’s University recently turned on its new high-speed research network, marking a major milestone in multi-year networking project that encompasses multiple institutions.

The fiber connection, which follows U.S. Highway 380 toward the city of McKinney, then travels to Dallas, offers TWU the ability to establish even faster connection speeds to other research institutions and to the Internet via the Dallas Infomart.

Dr. Rob Placido, associate provost for technology and chief information officer for TWU, points to the Internet’s increased significance in education, both in research and in running a university. Lost productivity due to Internet disconnections can be costly, he said.

“Because of TWU’s location in Denton, the campus has been subject to Internet outages that are beyond our control and can take much time to resolve,” Dr. Placido said. “This connectivity will protect TWU’s Denton campus from Internet outages caused by physical problems such as fiber cuts due to construction on the I-35 corridor.”

TWU shares the connection with the University of North Texas, the Denton Independent School District, the University of Texas at Dallas and Southern Methodist University. The institutions worked together through the Texas Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN) to establish the network, which will grow and expand for future needs.


Media Contact:

Karen Garcia
Senior Writer
940-898-3456
kgarcia@twu.edu

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