In about a year, all of Arkansas' four-year public universities and its medical school should be connected to an ultra-broadband fiber-optic network, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. The next-generation internet infrastructure allows researchers to send large, complex data files, 3-D images, and video using about 2,000 times the bandwidth available to typical broadband internet connections. National LambdaRail's system can transport real-time video conferencing in a high-definition format that is crisper than typical HD television.

Universities also can use it to share access to one another's supercomputers...

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