Telecommunications assets such as SONET (Synchronous Optical Network) rings, internet connections, and speed, cell phone connectivity, satellite, and cable, are offered by multiple service providers in Bay County. In June 2010, the Bay Defense Alliance was awarded a defense infrastructure grant to secure access to Lambda Rail. This advanced fiber-optic network infrastructure will link Bay County’s military installations, education institutions, medical facilities and technology companies to Florida’s research institutions in support of large-scale partnerships.
Florida Lambda Rail provides direct connectivity to a wide range of domestic and international research networks, for the first time, including the Internet2 Network and the NLR networking infrastructure. This puts Florida universities on an equal and competitive footing with the best institutions in the nation, with the ability to communicate in ways not possible using previous networks.
The addition of these fiber-optic connections in Bay County will put us at the next level in telecommunications infrastructure.