Ivy Tech campuses across the state, as well as dozens of small communities, will now connect to high speed Internet.
Last year, the I-Light Network – a high speed Internet system connecting Indiana colleges and universities – received a federal grant to expand even further across the state to 21 of Ivy Tech’s facilities.
Ivy Tech Vice President for Online Education Jeff Pittman says the improved connections will allow the community college to provide better resources such as video streaming and conferencing and multi-campus projects. And he says Ivy Tech can do that without having to raise fees.
“A lot of our sites were paying quite a bit more for bandwidth connections from other private companies,” Pittman says. “So linking into this particular network has actually allowed us to lower our costs for a lot of the different sites.”
As part of the project, Zayo Bandwidth, a regional infrastructure provider for I-Light and co-recipient of the grant, will connect broadband service to as many as 80 communities across Indiana now lackign quality Internet.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Janet Dold says Monticello has plenty to offer prospective companies but can not lure them without a strong broadband connection.
“If they can’t find it on the Internet then we’re losing people that we can’t afford to lose in this economy,” she says.
Most of the Ivy Tech campuses will be connected by the end of 2011, with the entire project expected to be finished by the end of next year.