AFS Provides Fiber Optic Network to Kansas' Leading Educational Institutions

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American Fiber Systems fiber optic network gives the University of Kansas and Kansas State University a light-speed link to the world.

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We are honored that these two leading institutions have chosen to partner with AFS. This statewide network gives bleeding edge connectivity to researchers and students who can truly make a difference. The universities' decision to rely on AFS is also further evidence of the trust and credibility AFS has earned in Kansas City.

American Fiber Systems (AFS), a leading Kansas City optical broadband network provider, is lighting the way for research and collaboration at KU and K-State. AFS is providing the two largest universities in Kansas with a dark fiber based network enabling high bandwidth connectivity to other learning institutions across the state of Kansas.

"This contribution will connect KU and K-State to Kansas City fiber optic networks," said Denise Stephens, Vice Provost for Information Services and CIO at KU. "Whether it's through Internet2 or National LambdaRail, the major research network, we'll have direct access. This will enable researchers to share data, collaborate and communicate with greater versatility and efficiency."

Mike D'Angelo, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at AFS says, "We are honored that these two leading institutions have chosen to partner with AFS. This statewide network gives bleeding edge connectivity to researchers and students who can truly make a difference. The universities' decision to rely on AFS is also further evidence of the trust and credibility AFS has earned in Kansas City. "

The Kansas Research and Education Network (KanREN.net) and KU chose AFS because of its ability to provide them with a network that reached the KU sites and carrier POPs (points of presence) needed for this and future applications in the Kansas City metro area. By doing so, Kansas learning institutions have the opportunity to move their faculty and researchers to the next generation of cyber-infrastructure.

"The acquisition of this fiber creates the capacity for our universities to play leading roles in research initiatives critical at both the state and national level," said K-State Provost and Senior Vice President Duane Nellis.

The KU Medical Center will also benefit from the enhanced capacity for data transmission. The new fiber optic network enables medical personnel and researchers to communicate globally, sharing findings and data with experts as well as clinicians around the world.

"We know that research is more productive when it's a collaboration among multiple investigators or institutions," said Paul Terranova, Vice Chancellor for Research at the KU Medical Center. "This connection enhances our existing and future research collaborations with K-State and allows cutting-edge medical research to continue to improve the health of all Kansans."

For all the participating institutions, the new fiber optic connection will also be a key tool for expanding network systems, data center support, commodity Internet service, legacy voice lines and television service. The data pipeline, which runs between Smith Center and Kansas City, will significantly increase the efficiency and ability of KU and K-State to share large amounts of data and information seamlessly across a private network.

About American Fiber Systems:
American Fiber Systems (AFS) provides metropolitan fiber optical networking infrastructure, dark fiber and transport services to carriers and large enterprises. AFS enables it's customers to easily and reliably connect to a city's most important points of communications presence, including ILEC central offices and wire centers; CLEC PoPs; Internet Service Provider (ISP) and data center locations; Inter-exchange "carrier hotels;" wireless providers and cable company head ends; and Fortune 1000 companies. AFS has deployed over 1,200,000 miles of high-capacity, high-bandwidth metropolitan fiber optic cable since 2000 in several cities, including Atlanta, GA; Boise, ID; Carson City, NV; Cleveland, OH; Kansas City, KS/MO; Las Vegas, NV; Lenexa, KS; Marietta, GA; Minneapolis, MN; Norcross, GA; St. Paul, MN; Nashville, TN; Overland Park, KS; Reno, NV; and Salt Lake City, UT. AFS has over 500 capacity enabled on-net buildings and supports an addressable market teledensity of over $9 billion in annualized telecommunications services. American Fiber Systems is a privately held venture-backed company. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.AmericanFiberSystems.com.

About KU
Opened in 1866, the University of Kansas is a comprehensive educational and research institution with 29,272 students and more than 2,100 faculty members. KU includes the main campus in Lawrence, a city of about 88,000 in northeastern Kansas; the Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas; the Edwards Campus in Overland Park; a clinical campus of the School of Medicine in Wichita; and educational and research facilities throughout the state.

About KanREN
The Kansas Research and Education network (KanREN) is a non-profit consortium of colleges, universities, school districts and other organizations in Kansas, organized for the purpose of facilitating communication among them, and providing themselves with connectivity to the Internet via a statewide TCP/IP network. The purpose of KanREN is to provide innovative, cost-effective network technology and attention to individual member needs, including connecting KU and K-State to Kansas City dark fiber.

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