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LEARN: Lonestar Education and Research Network

In 2004, LEARN was created when Texas research institutions and health science centers reached a consensus on a shared vision that it was strategically important to create an organization dedicated to high performance networking in Texas. 

LEARN was enabled by the Texas Legislature via SB1771 in Legislative Session 78, House Bill 7, and supported by the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House, to help build a high speed, advanced fiber optic network for research, education, healthcare, and their non-profit partners to serve the State of Texas.

In the years since, LEARN has become a vital and trusted partner empowering its members to execute their missions through technology and collaboration.

LEARN's Vision: LEARN will be the most efficient and effective enabler of research, education, healthcare, and public service communities in Texas using technology and shared services.

Network Infrastructure

  •  LEARN's optical fiber network spans over 3,200 miles across the state                  
  • Connects over 300 direct & affiliate members
  • Scalable state-of-the art optical fiber technology
  • East to west from Beaumont to El Paso and north to south from Lubbock to Brownsville
  • LEARN owned high-performance routers at its 26 strategically located POPs

Member Spotlight

University of Texas at Dallas Air Quality Data Featured in Soledad O'Brien News Series on BET

Air quality data monitoried by the University of Texas at Dallas and Downwinders at Risk featured in a recent episode of Disrupt and Dismantle, a news series hosted by Soledad O'Brien on BET. Data being collected is part of an initiative called SharedAirDFW, where 100 air quality monitoring stations are being distributed throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth region to provide real-time air quality information for area residents. With the first major deployments of monitors installed in industrial areas such as the historic district of Joppa, the project hopes to accelerate the dissemenation of information to those living and working in monitoring areas.