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Speed of Light

July 1, 2010

NIU is creating an ultra-fast, fiber-optic communications network that will bring next-generation technology to the northern Illinois region.  Dubbed “NIUNet,” the 175-mile fiber optic loop is expected to be a huge boon to research and economic development efforts. The network also could advance state-of-the-art health care technology, benefit area schools and help keep sought-after high tech jobs from leaving the region for more “connected” communities on either coast.