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>> What does the I-Light network mean to Indiana?
To some, it's more bang for the buck.
>> I-Light gives us a fixed number that we can budget for.
It's very reasonable, and certainly gives us far better performance
than we've had with any other vendor.
>> For others, it's more about the big bang.
>> We want to understand what the universe is made of, and eventually go to a point
where we can recreate or better understand the beginning of the universe.
>> But for those who use I-Light all over Indiana, one thing is clear.
I-Light is about community.
>> Ivy Tech doesn't have residence halls.
Our students are all commuter students.
So for us, Wi-Fi and other high-speed internet access is sort of part
of our community gathering strategy.
>> That community is a powerful thing.
>> Many of these NSF grants that our members have applied for have a requirement
that they connect to the research and education networks.
And I-Light is the path for those universities to do that.
>> Previous to I-Light, if we wanted to offer a video intensive course in Tell City, for example,
their bandwidth was very minimal and not designed to do what they needed to do.
And so today, they can offer courses wherever they'd like without having to check with IT
to see is the infrastructure there to support what it is they are trying to do.
>> We have workforce development resources and other things like that on our campuses.
And so the I-Light services allow folks who may not be able to get internet access
in their own homes or in other ways in their community
to have access to that through their local IVY Tech campus.
>> I-Light really has unlimited potential for Indiana. We are continuing dark fiber builds
out to some of the institutions to get faster connections.
Its mission for public service really is unbounded.
It's physically secure.
We've already got the rights of use for the fiber all set
to the year 2028, enough to keep the vision going.
>> Researchers connected to I-Light have the ability to connect
to many research facilities throughout the country and throughout the world.
So if they're needing to send large packets of data from one telescope
to another, I-Light enables that for them.
>> I have no hesitation at all in saying this has been a tremendous investment on behalf
of the institutions, tremendous investment
by the state that's given Indiana a demonstrable advantage in this arena.
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