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BiSON Network Project

The Bi-State Optical Network, or BiSON, is a private high speed optical network that connects the University of Wyoming to the Front Range GigaPop (FRGP) in Denver, Colorado.

The FRGP (www.frgp.net) is a network peering location in Denver and is operated by a consortium of research and higher education institutions in the front range of the Rocky Mountains. FRGP members include the University of Wyoming, Colorado State University, University of Colorado – Boulder, University of Colorado – Denver, Denver University, Colorado School of Mines, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The FRGP provides a connection point for connections to the Commodity Internet (multiple connections), and specialized research networks including the Internet2 (www.internet2.edu), and the National LamdaRail (www.nlr.net).

Prior to the creation of BiSON, the University of Wyoming leased dedicated circuits from telecommunication carriers in order to connect to the FRGP. The new BiSON network operates at much faster speeds (2 Gbps) than the most recent leased circuit (45 Kbps) and costs significantly less. BiSON has been designed in a ring configuration which provides redundancy in the event of a fiber cut or equipment failure. BiSON can be upgraded in the future to provide 10 Gbps and higher speeds.

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