Zayo launches R&E channel to capitalize on education network opportunities

Zayo has formed a new Research and Education (R&E) channel to capitalize on the the higher education community's need for fiber-based bandwidth solutions.

The new R&E channel will focus on both state governments and federal agencies that have network connections to National Education Networks such as Internet2 and NLR, including NOAA, DREN, NASA, ESNet and other National Laboratories.

Leading the new channel will be Zayo's own Brian Proffit, who has plenty of experience to head up the service provider's new R&E channel. Since 2008, he has been focusing on R&E in the Mid-Atlantic region and was a member of broadband stimulus team.

Zayo's broadband stimulus team, working with a number of R&E Regional Optical Networks such as EAGLE-Net as part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) program. In addition, Proffit had been serving as its ambassador to Ineternet2 since they joined last fall.

"Given the very high bandwidth demand of some research applications, we believe there will be great opportunities to partner within the research and education community," states David Howson, President of Sales and Customer Management for Zayo.

R&E is one of Zayo's latest newly-created focused channels. Besides R&E, the service provider recently launched a group dedicated to increase its fiber footprint to accommodate small cell deployments and a dark fiber division.

For more:
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