A fiber optic upgrade coming to Idaho State University could have researchers working much closer with other institutions across the state.
ISU has announced a partnership with the Idaho Regional Optic Network, or IRON.
The new network provides an ultra-fast broadband connection for research institutions across the state.
?It expands our internet bandwidth for research. It more than doubles it, at a very affordable price. And it strengthens our connections with, not only other higher ed institutions in the state, but with the Idaho Education Network,? ISU Chief Information Officer Randy Gaines said.
According to IRON general manager Victor Braud, along with bringing university researchers a whole lot more speed, the new network should save ISU a nice chunk of change.
"IRON essentially provides access and bandwidth to the nations and the regions research and education networks at prices that are about 15 percent of what they'd pay a retail provider,? Braud said.
Braud said having collaboration like this available makes a very big difference to high-tech businesses looking for new locations.
"IRON, along with the Idaho Education Network, are providing the very, very high speed broadband communications that are necessary to provide research and other technology oriented companies to Idaho,? Braud said.