MaineREN is a facilities-based Regional Optical Network (RON) servicing Maine’s Research & Education community.


MaineREN was created by the University of Maine System to deliver the cyberinfrastructure necessary to participate in, and be considered for, high-technology research. As the National Science Foundation has made the ability to demonstrate appropriate levels of Cyberinfrastructure a requirement for funding, it is crucial for Maine’s ability to attract and retain this high-technology research that our institutions have access to the national and international R&E community though a facilities-based RON.

This effort is similar to other regional networks throughout the United States.


Here is a listing of some of the institutions that are connected through MaineREN.

Higher Education


Maine School and Library Network

  • 99% of Maine’s K12 schools
  • Majority of Maine’s public libraries


MaineREN is connected to Internet2® through Albany, NY and the Northern Crossroads GigaPOP in Cambridge, MA with a current operational capacity of 20 Gbps dedicated to R&E connectivity.