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The UT System Office of Telecommunication Services (OTS) provides Internet2 access to Internet2 members and eligible non-Internet2 members through the UT System Network (UTSN) connection to the Internet2 backbone network.

Who Is Eligible?

Any institution that is an Internet2 member may request to connect to the Internet2 backbone network through OTS. Institutions in Texas that are not members of Internet2 may apply for Internet2 access under the Texas Sponsored Education Group Participant (TexasSEGP) program. OTS operates the Internet2 access and UTSN connection to the Internet2 backbone network on behalf of UT Austin, an Internet2 member and TexasSEGP connector.

TexasSEGP-eligible institutions may include private and public K-12 schools and districts, community colleges, universities, museums, libraries, art galleries, or hospitals that require routine collaboration on instructional, clinical or research projects, services, and content with Internet2 members or with other sponsored participants.

How to Subscribe

Interested organizations that wish to connect to Internet2 through the OTS-managed UT Austin Internet2 connection should email info@the.net to request information on where and how to connect. All approval, guidance, and policy statements come from OTS and the TexasSEGP.

About Internet2

Internet2 is a consortium of over 200 U.S. universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies. Currently the consortium operates a high-speed backbone network which spans the nation and peers with several dozen U.S. and non-U.S. research and education networks in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

The Internet2 Sponsored Education Group Participant (SEGP) program, which began in early 2001, is intended to allow expanded access to the high-speed backbone network for state and regional education networks through sponsorship by Internet2 SEGP connectors.