UACCM ARE-ON Presentation

The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton invites area residents to attend an informative presentation on its plans for the future connection to the new Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network (ARE-ON). ARE-ON is a state-of-the-art, fiber optic network that will provide nearly unlimited internet bandwidth for colleges and universities across Arkansas. The goals of the ARE-ON project, which has now been named Arkansas e-Link, are to improve opportunities for schools to deliver distance learning, provide new opportunities to collaborate with other schools by sharing curriculum and other resources, and increase the ability of two-year colleges to meet the training needs of businesses/industries in their communities. UACCM will be the first of 22 two-year colleges in the state to be connected to the network. 

 The network is being made possible through a grant received by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). UAMS was the receipt of a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) Comprehensive Community Infrastructure grant in the amount of $102,131,393 from the National Telecommunications Information Administration of the Department of Commerce. The overall grant will support UAMS’s $128 Million effort to expand bandwidth capacities and broadband equipment at 474 of the state’s community anchor institutions.The project is expected to be completed in three years.

The press conference and information session at UACCM will be held on Tuesday, September 13, from 1 pm to 2 pm in UACCM’s Business Technology Center, Room 203. Guest speakers will include Dr. Larry Davis, chancellor of UACCM; Mike Abbiatti, executive director of ARE-ON; Debbie Green, BOTP project director; Dr. Alan Sugg, University of Arkansas System president and chairman of the Board of Directors of ARE-ON ; and Shane Broadway, interim director of Arkansas Department of Higher Education. The speakers will be followed by presentations by UACCM faculty and staff who will be providing information and demonstrations of the school’s plans for the new network. For more information, please contact UACCM Chief Information Officer Mary Clark at 501-977-2011 or by -mail


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