Connectivity for Oregon’s Public & Non-Profit Sectors
How We Operate & What We Do
LINK OREGON, a federally tax-exempt 501(c)(3) Oregon non-profit organization, provides high-speed, fiber-optic broadband connectivity to our state’s public and non-profit sectors.
LINK OREGON provides fast, reliable, cost-effective internet and shared network services to K-12 and higher ed, libraries, Native Tribes, public health care organizations, remote state offices and other public and non-profit organizations and facilities across Oregon. This high-capacity network will eventually serve more than 600+ locations across the state, making it easier for these entities to collaborate, share information, and deliver services to Oregon residents and visitors.
LINK OREGON is a consortium of the State of Oregon through its Office of Enterprise Information Services (EIS) and the state’s research universities: Oregon State University, OHSU, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon.
LINK OREGON works with an ecosystem of community and commercial collaborators to build and maintain our systems and services. We have engaged with local and national telecommunications companies to access approximately 2,500 route-miles of dark fiber-optic cable across the state.
LINK OREGON was founded as the Oregon Fiber Partnership. Through its affiliations, LINK OREGON has developed a high-speed, high-capacity, fiber-optic network and a membership of K-12 school districts and education service districts (ESDs) as well as serving the networking needs of its Founding Member organizations. The membership of the University of Oregon’s former Research and Education Network of Oregon (NERO), which merged with LINK OREGON in 2019, form the basis of our current membership. We are actively engaged in adding additional public and non-profit members across the state.
Our Network Today
LINK OREGON has, thus far, deployed a secure network with over 50 service location. We will continue to expand the network reach and capacity ensuring that it provides the information-carrying capacity necessary to support the needs of all public and non-profit organizations across the state.
The COVID-19 pandemic made the existing connectivity needs in our state —particularly in the areas of education and health care and for especially for remote, under-served communities— more visible and even more critical than ever. We are working to address these challenges now and establish new levels of service going forward.
More Than Technology
In addressing the needs of our members, our vision extends to supporting current and new technologies and the associated data requirements—for such areas as Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Blockchain, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality and others—to make Oregon smarter, more responsive, more equitable, and more resilient.
LINK OREGON engages with rural and Tribal communities to understand their similar and unique needs and improve their broadband access. We benefit from participation in activities with other national broadband organizations and agencies and those in neighboring states to share best practices and resources.
Current Network Service Locations
The LINK OREGON Network has achieved end-to-end “fiber completion” and now comprises 50 service locations, with more to come soon!