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Internet2 and Abilene Terms of Affiliation

Abilene Network
Abilene is an advanced backbone network that supports the development and deployment of the new applications being developed within the Internet2 community. Abilene connects regional network aggregation points, called gigaPoPs, to support the work of Internet2 universities as they develop advanced Internet applications. Abilene complements other high-performance research networks. [Abilene Website]

Abilene Connector
Abilene connectors are research and educational institutions connecting directly to the Abilene network. Abilene connectors may be gigaPoPs, universities, affiliate members or other regional networks.

Abilene Primary Participant
Primary Participants are Regular, Affiliate and Corporate members who pay membership fees. Primary institutions are typically colleges and universities, but may also be other types of research organizations with the capability of committing and deploying the substantial resources necessary to implement Internet2 capabilities. Before requesting an application to become an Abilene Primary Participant, your organization must be an Internet2 member. [Abilene Participation Application]

Advanced Backbone Network
The high-performance networks participating in Internet2 that provide the environment in which new network applications and capabilities can be deployed and tested.

Affiliate Members
Affiliate members are nonprofit organizations that are research- and/or education-oriented. Affiliate members are organizations with a strong interest in the mission and goals of Internet2. Many affiliate members are providing leadership in developing the Internet2 gigaPoPs. Affiliate members pay Internet2 membership dues and Abilene connection fees (if connected). [Request an Application]

Affiliate Membership Collaboration Sites
Affiliate members that are nonprofit organizations that are research- and/or education-oriented labs and who meet certain conditions may apply to become collaboration sites. They may connect directly to Abilene or through a gigaPoP. Affiliate members with collaboration site status are responsible for Internet2 membership dues and Abilene connection fees.In addition to the Collaboration Site Application, the Abilene Participation Applicaiton is also required. [Request an Collaboration Application] [Abilene Participation Application]

Association Members
This membership category is intended for non-profit, higher education associations with a national or international scope. The majority of the association’s members must also be non-profit organizations. Other non-profit, membership-based consortia with a primarily educational membership and missions that focus on advanced technologies for research and education will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and may be required to submit letters of support from current Internet2 Regular members along with their application. [Request an Application]

Associations that wish to be connected to Abilene must become Affiliate Members with Collaboration Site Status and Abilene Primary Participation.

Corporate Member
Internet2 corporate members are committed to promoting the development and deployment of advanced Internet applications and network services. Corporate members are responsible for Internet2 membership dues and Abilene connection fees if they choose to be an Abilene Participant. [Request an Application]

Corporate Partners
Corporate partners commit $1million+ dollars over the course of three years. Internet2 corporate partners and sponsors have made significant commitments to collaborating with Internet2 universities. Corporate partners are responsible for Internet2 membership dues and Abilene connection fees they choose to be an Abilene Participant. [Request an Application]

Corporate Sponsors
Corporate sponsors commit $100,000+ dollars over the course of three years. Internet2 corporate partners and sponsors have made significant commitments to collaborating with Internet2 universities. Corporate sponsors are responsible for Internet2 membership dues and Abilene connection fees they choose to be an Abilene Participant. [Request an Application]

Corporate Collaboration Sites
Corporate members who have research- and/or education-oriented labs and who meet certain conditions may apply to become corporate collaboration sites. It is common for corporate collaboration sites to have existing research orientated relationships with Internet2 Regular Members that require a high performance connection. Corporate collaboration sites may connect directly to Abilene or through a gigaPoP. Corporate members with collaboration site status are responsible for Internet2 membership dues and Abilene connection fees. In addition to the Collaboration Site Application, the Abilene Participation Applicaiton is also required
[Request a Coporate Collaboration Site Application] [Abilene Participation Application]

GigaPoP
GigaPoPs are regional network aggregation points formed by Internet2 universities to connect to a variety of high performance, and other types of networks. GigaPoPs provide scalable high-speed connection points. Internet2 gigaPoPs do not pay Internet2 membership dues. A university may be its own gigaPoP, a gigaPoP may be part of a University or its own separate entity.

International MoU Partner
Through mutual agreements with similar organizations around the world, Internet2 is establishing ties that will help ensure the continued global interoperability of advanced networking, and enable collaboration between U.S. researchers, faculty, students and their overseas counterparts. An international advanced network organization that has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to participate in Internet2 activities may connect to Abilene via a peering network. International partners are not subjected to Internet2 membership dues and are not considered Internet2 members. [Request More Information]

International University
Universities not located in the United States may not become members of Internet2. Instead, Internet2 has developed relationships with International Partners who are also dedicated to advanced networking. In some cases, the International Partner may operate a high performance network by which an International University may connect. Many International Partner organizations peer with the Abilene network.
[Request More Information]

Peering Networks
Peering networks are located in the U.S. or Internationally that peer with the Abilene network. The peering network is dedicated to high-performance research and education. Examples include the vBNS,
NREN, DREN, and ESnet.

Regular Member Universities
Member Universities are leading the Internet2 effort to develop new networking capabilities and advanced applications necessary to enhance research and education into the next century. Member universities are responsible for Internet2 membership dues and Abilene connection fees (if connected).
[Request an Application] [Abilene Participation Application]

Sponsored Educational Group Participants (SEGP)
Networked aggregates of educational institutions (including nonprofit and for-profit K – 20, technical, and trade schools) which may also include museums, art galleries, libraries, or hospitals that require routine collaboration on instructional, clinical, and/or research projects, services, and content with Primary participants or with other Sponsored participants. Internet2 will charge the Connector for the Sponsored Educational Group Participant an annual fee of $30,000 per connector per state, plus a variable fee of $2,000 times the current number of Congressional representatives for that state. Sponsored Educational Group Participants may pay fees to the Connector and/or to the sponsoring Internet2 member, where these fees apply to the specific conditions of connection. No fees are assessed directly of the Sponsored Educational Group Participant itself by Internet2. This fee structure will be assessed on an annual basis. Sponsored Educational Group Participants or NOT considered members of Internet2.
[SEGP Application] [FAQ] [Questions]

Sponsored Participants
Sponsored participants are educational institutions (including both not-for-profit and for-profit K-20, technical, and trade schools), museums, art galleries, libraries, hospitals, as well as other non-educational, not-for-profit or for-profit organizations that require collaboration on instructional, clinical and/or research projects with Primary participants or with other sponsored participants. Such organizations are either not eligible or not able to become an Internet2 member. Only Internet2 University members who are primary participants may sponsor a sponsored participant. Sponsored participants are not responsible for membership dues to Internet2 and do not pay any fees to the Abilene Network. Sponsored participants may be responsible for costs associated to the Abilene Connector or to transport (e.g., local loop) providers. These costs are at the discretion of their sponsoring Internet2 Regular Member who is an Abilene primary participant.
[Sponsored Participation Application] [FAQ] [Questions]

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