Memberships & Network Services

Members are entitled to appoint an individual to the Board of Directors and to acquire network services from LEARN at member rates. Network services are designed and provisioned based on the needs of individual members through collaboration between those members and the LEARN staff. Network services, which are funded by the members who consume the services at rates which are set by the Board, sustain current and future network requirements including capital refresh at periodic intervals to keep the network state-of-the-art.

Network services include:

  • Layer 1 Transport Services Between LEARN Points-of-Presence (POPs),
  • Layer 2 IP/MPLS Services,
  • Routed Layer 3 Services,
  • Connection Gateways to the National Research and Education Network (Internet2 and Energy Sciences Network and starting in mid-2018, on 100G ramps to reach Pacific Wave International Exchanges),
  • Colocation Services at LEARN POPs,
  • Commodity Internet Services (80G burst capacity spread across 4 POPs),
  • Low-Latency High-Capacity Access to Content and Application Providers (Peering and Caching Services),
  • DDoS Mitigation Service, and
  • Managed Network Service and Consultation.

 
LEARN applied for and received a Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN) with the Universal Service Administration Company. Acquiring a SPIN number permits LEARN's school, library, and rural health customers to receive significant discounts through the Universal Services Fund.

The Board and the staff are committed to ensuring LEARN remains the trusted and preferred means by which its members obtain network services in Texas. There is a broad consensus among LEARN's members that the organization has a unique role to play in the state in providing highly reliable, cost effective network services to the higher education, K–12, and not-for-profit communities. LEARN is a trusted partner and convener in these communities.