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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                  
  • 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 20 strategically located POPs

LEARN Flashback

In 2009...

LEARN Provides Disaster Recovery During Hurricane Ike

Hurricane Ike was one of the most devastating storms to ever strike Texas. LEARN's network played a significant role as Texans responded to this disaster. LEARN's member campuses at Texas A&M University at Galveston and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) were hit hard by the fury of Ike. The Texas A&M campus in Galveston was closed for the rest of the semester. However, the LEARN backbone remained up during and after Ike hit Texas. LEARN's network enabled the students, faculty and staff of Texas A&M University at Galveston to remain connected and continue classes via distance education video conferencing. Also, during the disaster recovery period, UTMB was able to maintain the availability of its major information systems by using the LEARN network to connect to the University of Texas regional data center in Arlington, which is shared by the University of Texas System member institutions.

Disaster recovery and business continuity planning is an essential element of our member institutions ability to mitigate the impact of future emergency situations. LEARN's network is an important part of the ongoing disaster recovery preparedness of the University of Houston and other member institutions by enabling them high bandwidth access to key public and private sector data storage and recovery sites.