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Last modified: Thursday, June 19, 2008

Media advisory: I-Light 'backbone' completion announcement

June 19, 2008

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- On Friday (June 20), Indiana University President Michael McRobbie will announce in South Bend, Ind., completion of the I-Light "backbone" system. I-Light will provide high-speed, broadband connectivity through a fiber-optic network to more than 40 higher education campuses -- both public and private -- in Indiana. Campus hook-ups are now under way and are expected to be completed by year's end. The I-Light system involves more than 1,000 miles of fiber-optic cable extending to all four corners of Indiana.

The announcement will be made at South Bend's Union Station building at 506 W. South Street.

WHAT: IU President Michael McRobbie to announce completion of I-Light "backbone" system.

SIGNIFICANCE: Indiana is one of only a handful of states providing its higher education facilities with such robust broadband connectivity to support learning and research activities. The system's many benefits will be described during the press conference.

WHEN: The announcement will take place at 12:30 p.m., Friday, June 20. Indiana House Speaker B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, is expected to speak.

WHERE: South Bend's Union Station building, 506 W. South St. This site was chosen because it is the northernmost hub of the I-Light system.

NOTE TO INDIANAPOLIS TV NEWS OUTLETS: The press conference will be carried live on the IU Video-Link beginning at 12:15 p.m. As a demonstration of the versatility of the I-Light system, the video signal is being sent from South Bend to Bloomington via I-Light, where it is being redirected into the Video-Link system.