Internet2 has received a donation aimed at a 100Gbps Ethernet networking project from Juniper Networks (NASDAQ:JNPR, news, filings). The internet equipment maker has injected $2.5M that will go toward the building of the United States Unified Community Anchor Network, or US UCAN. I like my acronyms without an apparent political slogan, but oh well. Internet2 also won some stimulus funding for the project last month, with partners National LambdaRail, Northern Tier Network Consortium and Indiana University – $62M worth, which will be supplemented by $35M from its own partners.
The network will go coast to coast and connect up some 200K ‘anchor institutions’, the now familiar buzzword one must use when applying for government money, and 35M people. Much of this will surely go over their existing fiber, most of which is from Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings), and will of course include Juniper’s MX and T Series Routers. However, according to the PR, the overall network includes acquisition of nearly 12,000 miles of newly lit fiber and creates a resilient set of fiber paths through the middle of the country, with added capabilities for the Northern Tier and throughout the south and east.
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