The mission of ARE-ON is to promote, develop, and apply advanced application and communication technologies to support and enhance education, research, public service, and economic development.
Who We Are
The Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network (ARE-ON) organization and its members comprise a community of thought leaders focused on collaborative learning and innovation through advanced networking, technology, and research in Arkansas. ARE-ON is a not-for-profit consortium of all public degree-granting institutions in Arkansas and other selected higher education organizations.
ARE-ON provides a high-speed fiber optic backbone network throughout the state with 1Gb and 10Gb Ethernet connections to its members, affiliates, national research and education networks, regional optical networks, and commercial service providers. The network consists of approximately 2,200 miles of long-haul fiber optic cable and about 85 miles of metro fiber in twenty-four cities and four neighboring states. ARE-ON's extensive reach allows institutions to connect, collaborate, and innovate within the organization's core agendas: education, telemedicine, research, and emergency preparedness.