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CENIC's California Research and Education Network (CalREN)Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Corporation for Education Initiatives in California (CENIC) released a video titled, “20 Years of Connecting California,” which looks at how the organization came to be and its vision for the future.

In the video—which debuted at CENIC’s 2016 annual conference in March—members past and present discuss the creation of the California Research and Education Network (CalREN) in the mid-1990s, and initiatives over the years that have helped to advance education and research in California.

These include the Pacific Wave exchange fabric that interconnects nodes across the entire western coast of the U.S. with major Asia Pacific research education networks; the Pacific Research Platform, a data-sharing collaboration among leading research institutions; and the decision—controversial at the time—to add K-12 and community colleges to CalREN.

“We plant some seeds—things like the Pacific Research Platform that we’re doing in collaboration with the research universities; our cyber infrastructure; our cybersecurity initiative, which is really important; making the big investment and going from a 10-gigabit network to a 100-gigabit network,” said Louis Fox, President and CEO of CENIC. “But the most exciting thing about the future is what we don’t know.”

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CENIC’s 2017 conference, The Right Connection: CENIC 2.0, will be held in San Diego, March 19-22, 2017. Registration will open in the fall.

Crista Souza is the TechEDge News Editor