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BEACON 2.0 KICKOFF - OSHEAN celebrates its $21.7M BTOP Federal Stimulus Grant!
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Ocean State Higher Education Economic Development and Administrative Network (OSHEAN) is the proud recipient of a $21.7M Broadband Technology Opportunities Program Federal Stimulus Grant. When matched with the $10.7M in funds from private companies and those institutions connecting to the network,citizens will benefit from a $32.4M investment in broadband infrastructure to serve the needs of Rhode Island and Southcoast, Massachusetts today and in the future. The Beacon 2.0 fiber optic network will traverse 339 miles and connect over 50 community anchor institutions.

In celebration of the grant, OSHEAN hosted a kickoff event on October 18th, 2010, at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Garden Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The event brought out the likes of OSHEAN members from its higher education, health care and government institutions, as well as Rhode Island's Federal delegation including Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and Congressman Jim Langevin. Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts and Providence Mayor David Cicilline represented Rhode Island State and local government.

OSHEAN would like to extend its sincere thanks and gratitude to the entire OSHEAN membership, Rhode Island elected officials, grant partners, and all who have helped us along the way.

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From L-R: Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts, City of Providence Mayor David Cicilline, Rhode Island Senator Whitehous, Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed, Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin, George Loftus (OSHEAN - President and CEO)

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From L-R: Joseph Pangborn (OSHEAN Chair of the Board - United States Naval War College), Rhode Island Senator Whitehous, Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed, George Loftus (OSHEAN - President and CEO)

From L-R: Garry Bozylinsky (OSHEAN Board Secretary - University of Rhode Island), Richard Prull (OSHEAN Board of Directors - Rhode Island College), Dave Hemendinger (OSHEAN Board of Directors - Lifespan Information Services), Ralph Fasano (OSHEAN Board of Directors - Rhode Island School of Design), John Smithers (OSHEAN Board of Directors - Johnson & Wales University), Pam Christman (OSHEAN Board of Directors - RINET), Terri-Lynn Thayer (OSHEAN Board Treasurer - Brown University) Susan Cerrone Abely (OSHEAN Vice Chair of the Board - CharterCARE Health Partners) RI Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts, George Loftus (OSHEAN - President and CEO), City of Providence Mayor David Cicilline, Joseph Pangborn (OSHEAN Chair of the Board - United States Naval War College), RI Senator Jack Reed, RI Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, RI Congressman Jim Langevin.

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