Link Oregon is a non-profit consortium of the State of Oregon (through its Office of the State Chief Information Officer) and the state’s research universities — Oregon State University (OSU), OHSU, Portland State University (PSU) and the University of Oregon (UO), including UO’s Network for Research & Education in Oregon (NERO). 

Link Oregon has secured more than 2,300 route-miles of fiber-optic cable and is already working with partners to light fiber long-term as a shared, statewide network backbone.

We’re working with new and existing resources and connections. National and local telecommunications companies are engaged with us to provide the necessary fiber network connections between the Link Oregon backbone and local sites across the state.

For Research, Education & Government

Link Oregon is harnessing the research needs and the academic resources of Oregon State University, OHSU, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon. We are building on the expertise and experience of the Network for Education and Research in Oregon (NERO)—developed at the University of Oregon—and the vision and public service mission of the Office of the CIO for the State of Oregon.

Link Oregon, founded as the Oregon Fiber Partnership, brings together the power of this partnership to develop a statewide high-speed, high-capacity, fiber-optic network that will enable enhanced data processing, collaboration and data-sharing.

Link Oregon will support its partners in deploying and securing a network with the information-carrying capacity to conduct and manage research and process the data generated by new technologies and trends (The Internet of Things; Big Data) that will make Oregon smarter, more competitive, and more prosperous. 

For Urban & Rural Public Services

Link Oregon —along with its partners as anchors for the network—will extend fast, reliable, cost-effective internet and shared network services to K-12 education, libraries, Native American Tribes, health care organizations and other facilities across the state of Oregon. These organizations are often located in the same communities as public schools and colleges and state government offices. This high-capacity network will serve more than 600+ locations across the state, making it easier for those sites to collaborate, share information, and deliver services to the public.

Link Oregon will collaborate with local communities to help improve broadband access in rural Oregon as well as with broadband organizations in neighboring states to share best practices and assets.

Planned Network Connection Sites

Newport • Portland/Hillsboro • Salem • Corvallis • Eugene • Roseburg • Grants Pass • Medford/Central Point • Ashland • The Dalles • Bend • Klamath Falls • Pendleton • La Grande • Ontario • Burns • Boise, Idaho • Florence (possible) • Coos Bay (possible)

Map of planned network connection sites

Implementation

  • Over 3-5 years
  • State of Oregon and University funding
  • Partnerships with private and public telecommunications companies