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About Internet2

Internet2 is a community providing a secure high-speed network, cloud solutions, research support, and services tailored for research and education. The community includes higher education, research institutions, government entities and cultural organizations.

college students in front of computer monitors, front blonde woman in focusTo accomplish this, Internet2 engages collaborators across diverse communities and facilitates their work together to solve shared technology challenges. Internet2 convenes U.S. universities, government agencies, industry partners, and regional and state education networks. Internet2 supports not only the work of these groups but more than 100,000 community anchor institutions such as K-12 schools, community and vocational colleges, public libraries, health care facilities, museums, and other cultural and historic organizations.

ICN is Iowa's only authorized anchor giving exclusive access to Internet2 services and research facilities for our education users.

Internet2 comprises*: 

  • 321 U.S. institutions of higher education
  • 58 leading corporations
  • 60 affiliate and federal affiliate members
  • 43 regional and state education networks
  • More than 70 national research and education networking partners representing over 100 countries

Learn more about Internet2

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Internet2 benefits for ICN's community colleges, colleges, and universities customers.

  • Ability to move large amounts of research data in reasonable amounts of time.
  • Real-time control of remote scientific instruments.
  • Access to high quality interactive video resources and the ability to interact real-time via video.
  • Shared distributed file storage.
  • Access to high performance computational systems.
  • Ability to perform data mining.
  • Access to digital library resources, including high quality graphics, audio, and video.
  • Partnership opportunities with researchers, faculty, staff, and students using Interent2 at other member institutions.

Internet2 Higher Education Handout

Presidential Primary Sources Project

Sign your students up for this free, live interactive web series enabling classrooms from around the country to connect to each other and presidential historians from the National Parks and Presidential Libraries in real-time, via interactive video conferencing.

Online K-12 Curriculum Resources

Explore CAP's favorite online and distance learning resources. Whether it’s learning about art from Smithsonian experts, operating a remote telescope, dissecting a bug online, or connecting to students halfway across the globe these resources are sure to help your students learn in new ways.


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