Internet connectivity at the University of Rhode Island will soon become faster thanks to more than $3 million in grants obtained from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Energy. Cox Communications has installed 44 miles of fiber optic cable connecting the Kingston campus, the Narragansett Bay Campus, and connections to the $30 million Ocean State Higher Education Economic Development and Administrative Network (OSHEAN). This network will provide high-speed access to all members, and will include links to the W. Alton Jones and Feinstein Providence campuses. URI’s Tyler Hall data center will serve as the communications hub for the entire southern portion of the state network. With greater bandwidth, URI can run high definition video, have crystal clear telephone connections, and be able to offer advanced video conferencing.