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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 500 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 20 strategically located POPs

Member Spotlight

Rice University's first CIO talks privacy, identity, and Iron Curtain computing

Rice University has a storied history in technology, having been one of the original hubs in the earliest days of the internet. So it may seem surprising that Rice never had a chief information officer until Klara Jelinkova signed on in 2015.

A native of the Czech Republic - at the time of her girlhood, known as Czechoslovakia - she learned programming on computers her mother smuggled into the country. She's worked most of her adult life at various U.S. universities, including a stint as the CIO at the University of Chicago, from which she was recruited by Rice President David Leebron to come to Houston. Read more