DiCaro, Dillon get CENIC 2017 Innovations in Networking Award

CENIC has selected Christina DiCaro and Michael Dillon as recipients of the 2017 Innovations in Networking Award for Broadband Applications in recognition of their work on behalf of California´s libraries, the company said.

Their efforts were critical to securing the necessary funding for public libraries to be connected to CalREN, the high-capacity network operated by CENIC, joining the California K-12 system, California Community Colleges, the California State University system, the University of California system, Stanford, Caltech, USC, the Naval Postgraduate School, and members at other vital public-serving institutions — a community of over 20m individuals.

For over 30 years, Michael and Christina have shown dedication to California libraries. From protecting the privacy rights and circulation records of library patrons to drafting and securing passage of library construction bond legislation, they have tirelessly advocated for libraries and the communities they serve. Their efforts to preserve library funding have improved the lives of generations of California libraries, librarians, and, most importantly, library patrons.

A major goal of this initiative is to set a new standard for Internet connectivity in public libraries at 1Gbps or higher. This goal is being achieved, and California libraries will truly be Gigabit libraries, with more than 90% of main libraries connecting at 1Gbps or higher.

Innovations in Networking Awards are presented each year by CENIC to highlight exemplary innovations that leverage ultra-high bandwidth networking, particularly where those innovations have the potential to transform the ways in which instruction and research are conducted or where they further the deployment of broadband in underserved areas.

CENIC connects California to the world–advancing education and research statewide by providing the world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration, and economic growth. The nonprofit organization operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20m users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers, and individuals at other vital public-serving institutions.

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