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Texas Pipes - Completed

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Departments: TTVN and Telecommunications

Primary Contacts: Rod Zent, Walt Magnussen

Project Overview: Texas A&M University, on behalf of The Texas A&M University System's TTVN Network, was awarded a $6.6 million Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant. This award, along with $3 million in matching contributions, is funding construction of Texas Pipes, a fiber optic network with minimum data rates of one gigabit per second (Gbps) and capable of supporting up to 40 Gbps.

Goals: Through a public-private partnership, the project plans to extend service to Texas A&M University System campuses and the surrounding communities in Canyon, College Station/Bryan, Commerce, Corpus Christi, Galveston, Killeen, Kingsville, Laredo, Prairie View, San Antonio, Stephenville, Texarkana and Waco, including four Hispanic Serving institutions, Prairie View A&M University, an Historically Black University, and the area immediately adjacent to Fort Hood, the largest U.S. Army post in the country.

Benefits: The project predicts that the network will serve 114,000 students and 27,000 faculty and staff, as well as connect the university police departments to the State of Texas Department of Public Safety to enhance security and safety within these communities and help enable the Next Generation 911 network.

Project Partners: the A&M System, City of Corpus Christi, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Lone Star Network, Mid-Plains Rural Telephone Cooperative, Wintel Fiber, Totelcom Communications, Peoples Telephone Cooperative

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