Partners in the Future

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 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 URI’s 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 offer high definition video, crystal clear telephone connections, and advanced video conferencing.