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LSUS Celebrates Joining The LONI As A Directly Fiber-Connected Participant

February 08, 2019


SHREVEPORT, LA - Louisiana State University Shreveport will celebrate joining the Louisiana Optical Network Infrastructure (LONI) as a directly fiber-connected participant on Tuesday, February 12th at 11 am. The event will be held on the first floor of the LSUS Technology Center, the future site of the CyberCollaboratory. Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, the Louisiana Board of Regents Commissioner of Higher Education, will be the Guest of Honor.   

The LONI Network is an asset owned by the Louisiana Board of Regents and operated with the assistance of the LONI Management Council and LONI Network Operation Center staff at LSU.  The LONI Management Council, whose members represent state government and higher education, is charged with making recommendations to the Commissioner of Higher Education on the management of operations and associated business activities of LONI.  The Council's decisions and recommendations are guided by the LONI goals and objectives as defined by the Louisiana Board of Regents in response to gubernatorial and legislative directives.

LONI is available for use by academic, government, and industry partners in collaboration with LONI participant institutions. LSUS has been a member of the LONI network since 2007, when it joined with just 10Mbps of commodity Internet. 

Over the years, LSUS has been able to make incremental updates from 10Mbps to 50Mbps, 100Mbps, and eventually 1Gbps. However, the necessary fiber and services had not previously been available in the area in order to make the leap to 10Gbps.  Due to the hard work of the Louisiana Board of Regents, the LONI staff, and the staff of LSU Information Technology Services, the impediments have been removed and LSUS is now a fully operational presence on the LONI fiber backbone. LSUS thanks each of these organizations for assisting in the university joining the ranks of our fellow Louisiana institutions in being a full partner at the table.

The increased bandwidth is key in assisting LSUS in growing its many academic programs and facilitating its faculty research as they reach out to members of not only the local community, but the global community as well. A generous donation from the AEP Foundation was also a major catalyst in the development of the upcoming CyberCollaboratory, which will benefit from the increased bandwidth for research and instruction in areas such as Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence.

Additional information about the LONI network may be found at


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