Infinera has announced its partnership in the recently funded “United States Unified Community Anchor Network,” also known as U.S. UCAN. In early July, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the U.S. UCAN project has been awarded $62.5 million as part of the federal broadband stimulus program. Infinera was a member of the partner group that submitted this application, and will be providing support to the partnership as part of the matching funds required by the NTIA. The U.S. UCAN partnership is led by Internet2 and National LambdaRail, the nation’s two national research and education networks as well as the Northern Tier Network Consortium (NTNC) and Indiana University.?
U.S. UCAN will leverage Infinera’s Digital Optical Networks as part of a planned 3.2 Terabit per second network that will eventually support 200,000 community anchor institutions across the country including schools, libraries, community colleges, health centers, and public safety organizations.?