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CENIC Extends Fiber Lease Until 2040


Berkeley & La Mirada, California – CENIC today announced an agreement to extend its fiber leases, called Indefeasible Rights of Use (IRUs), with Level 3 Communications on more than 8,000 miles of dark fiber until 2040.

This collaboration provides Level 3’s extensive fiber network to CENIC’s 11,000-member institutions statewide. Universities, schools, libraries and other cultural, scientific and arts organizations in California will continue to advance education and research statewide using the world-class CENIC network, of which Level 3’s infrastructure is an integral part. The network is essential for innovation, collaboration, and economic growth.

“Our next generation terabit network, CENIC 2.0, will have even greater user control and visibility, automation and software capacities for security, computation, and storage,” said Louis Fox, president and CEO of CENIC. CENIC is grateful to the Level 3 team, which worked closely with our team to bring this agreement extension to fruition.”

“CENIC has one of the most advanced research and education networks in the world, and serves a vast education community that includes some of the finest research universities anywhere – institutions like the University of California’s 10 campuses, Stanford, Caltech, USC and the Naval Postgraduate School,” said David Young, regional vice president of Level 3’s Government Markets Group. “Our engagement with CENIC informs much of the work we do within the research and education community. The network capabilities that CENIC brings to researchers in California create new breakthroughs in science, medicine, and engineering, and Level 3 is honored to be a part of such an important collaboration.”


About CENIC |  www.cenic.org

CENIC connects California to the world—advancing education and research statewide by providing the world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration, and economic growth. This nonprofit organization operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20 million users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers and other vital public-serving institutions. CENIC’s Charter Associates are part of the world’s largest education system; they include the California K-12 system, California Community Colleges, the California State University system, California’s Public Libraries, the University of California system, Stanford, Caltech, USC, and the Naval Postgraduate School. CENIC also provides connectivity to leading-edge institutions and industry research organizations around the world, serving the public as a catalyst for a vibrant California.

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