- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - State universities in Kentucky will soon receive a big boost in Internet speed thanks to a new initiative aimed to advance research at the schools.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports (http://bit.ly/1sh1bxG) the Council on Postsecondary Education and the University of Kentucky have teamed up to upgrade all eight schools to the Kentucky Regional Optical Network.

The upgrade will give the schools a tenfold increase in access to Internet2, a nonprofit organization which operates an expansive research and education infrastructure.

Council president Bob King says the project will provide a much needed boost to advance research at the universities.

The upgrade allows universities that are part of KyRON to transmit very large databases, conduct complex scientific research and access remote computing systems.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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