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Spirit Communications has donated broadband services to Clemson University valued at $1.4M, which will provide South Carolina’s premier research universities with a state-of-the-art fiber optic backbone.
The gift will equip Clemson University, The Medical University of South Carolina, and the University of South Carolina access to the South Carolina LightRail (SCLR), a high speed optical network that provides network connectivity for research and education between these three major research universities and other public and private entities.
“Spirit’s generous gift is critical to Clemson’s success around the state of South Carolina,” said Jim Bottum, Clemson’s Vice Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. “In today’s world, highly available, advanced network connectivity is critical to the majority of our institution's initiatives, and the Spirit gift will enhance Clemson’s ability to provide this capability to its partners and collaborators on behalf of our faculty, students and staff.”
South Carolina LightRail is a collaborative project among the three schools designed to provide an advanced high performance communications infrastructure that will enhance economic development, research, education and healthcare in South Carolina. It is envisioned as a public-private partnership to provide a broadband, high-speed optical network that will extend throughout the state and link to regional and national networks such as Southern Light Rail (SLR), National Lambda Rail (NLR), Internet2, and SURAgrid and TeraGrid.
As part of the donation, Spirit will also provide service, upkeep, and troubleshooting for the network for the length of the agreement.