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Los Angeles Connects to 100 Gbps Education Network

Lee Ann • May 25, 2016

Los Angeles leaders say they hope to encourage other cities to do as they have and join the infrastructure connecting California's education and research worlds.

Los Angeles will become the first large city to connect to California’s 100 Gbps education network; Mayor Eric Garcetti announced May 12.

The California Research and Education Network (CalREN), which is operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), today connects schools, libraries, researchers and 10,000 member institutions. Connecting city departments to the network will open new data-themed opportunities for government, Garcetti said.​

“The city of Los Angeles is already unmatched in digital transparency, but speed and accessibility are just as important in the 21st century,” Garcetti said in a press release. “This agreement means that young people, students of all ages, some of the world’s leading thinkers and educators can now access the city’s digital resources up to 1,000 times faster. When we open our data to the public and commit ourselves to making it more easily available, we create limitless potential for innovation, discovery and new understanding.”

The physical connection between the city’s infrastructure and CalREN is expected to be complete “within weeks,” said CENIC President and CEO Louis Fox.

Read the full Government Technology article here >

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