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LEARN: Lonestar Education and Research Network

In 2004, LEARN was created when Texas research institutions and health science centers reached a consensus on a shared vision that it was strategically important to create an organization dedicated to high performance networking in Texas. 

LEARN was enabled by the Texas Legislature via SB1771 in Legislative Session 78, House Bill 7, and supported by the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House, to help build a high speed, advanced fiber optic network for research, education, healthcare, and their non-profit partners to serve the State of Texas.

In the years since, LEARN has become a vital and trusted partner empowering its members to execute their missions through technology and collaboration.

LEARN's Vision: LEARN will be the most efficient and effective enabler of research, education, healthcare, and public service communities in Texas using technology and shared services.

Network Infrastructure

  •  LEARN's optical fiber network spans over 3,200 miles across the state                  
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  • Connects over 300 direct & affiliate members
  • Scalable state-of-the art optical fiber technology
  • East to west from Beaumont to El Paso and north to south from Lubbock to Brownsville
  • LEARN owned high-performance routers at its 37 strategically located POPs

Member Spotlight

LEARN Member University of Texas at El Paso Receives $6.1 Million for Hispanic Cancer Research and Detection 

With a new $6.1 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is leading research into cancer disparities amongst Hispanic populations. The grant provisions for five years of research into cancer cases in Hispanics of Mexican origin and will provide UTEP faculty with research collaboration opportunities with MD Anderson Cancer Center. UTEP is a leading Hispanic-serving institution of higher education.