Through New York State's advanced research network (NYSERNet), CCR and UB have access to all major high speed communication networks commonly referred to as the "Next Generation Internet."
NYSERNet's private research and education (R&E) network supports the development and testing of emerging network technologies and the deployment of leading edge network-based applications and network-enabled collaborations. The network leverages commercial connectivity for its member institutions, provides dedicated access to dark fiber, and a host of other services. The network enables research employing network-intensive applications like large-scale data transfers, distributed computing, distance learning, tele-immersion, remote research, remote equipment acquisition, virtual laboratories and digital libraries. Educational activities and opportunities such as videoconferencing, multicasting, remote visualization, interactive virtual field trips and interactive teaching are equally enhanced and enjoyed by the growing list of network participants.
Participating institutions generally connect to the network at speeds of 1000 Mbps or more, primarily using metro or long-haul dark fiber or lit GigE services. But the minimum connection NYSERNet offers is 50 Mb, which is deemed the lowest practical connection rate that can support applications.