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AU benefits from high-speed Internet project

Through a recently completed $50 million project, Albany-based ION (Independent Optical Network), a statewide fiber network, has brought high-speed Internet connectivity to unserved and underserved areas in more than 70 rural communities in Upstate New York, including Alfred, and parts of Pennsylvania and Vermont.

“Affecting every aspect of academic and student life, broadband is essential to institutions of higher education,” said Gary Roberts, Alfred University’s director of information technology. “For decades now, rural institutions have had an extraordinarily difficult time procuring reasonably priced broadband. With the new ION network, affordable broadband is now available to Alfred University and institutions across the state. The results have truly been transformational.”

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