Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research
The Pennsylvania Research and Education Network (PennREN) project is a partnership of leading universities, healthcare providers, library associations, and other key institutions. PennREN will be a nearly 1,700-mile fiber network that expects to expand broadband Internet access and directly connect 60 critical community anchor institutions in 39 counties across South and Central Pennsylvania. These anchor institutions include public and private universities, K–12 schools, public libraries, public broadcasting facilities, and medical facilities. With broadband speeds of 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps, PennREN is expected to enhance healthcare delivery, research, education, workforce development, and public safety. Wholesale services offered are expected to spur the offering of affordable broadband access for more than 2 million households, more than 200,000 businesses, and nearly 1,700 additional anchor institutions.