Since 2000, the FRGP has advanced the research and educational goals of Research and Education (R&E) participants in the region by establishing and maintaining a unique multi-state network infrastructure. The FRGP is owned and controlled by the FRGP participant research and education community. The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) provides the management, engineering, and network operations center support for the FRGP.
The FRGP is a consortium of Universities, research organizations, non-profit corporations, government agencies, cities, counties, States, and K-12s that cooperate to share wide-area networking services including Internet2, intra-FRGP, commodity Internet, caching, and peering connectivity. FRGP participants benefit from economies of scale providing increased buying power, overall cost reduction, shared services and expertise. One of the main benefits the FRGP provides is aggregated and direct intra-member network access. This includes access to all participants, secondary connections behind primary FRGP participants, and direct peering connections including the Energy Sciences network (es.net), Google, CoreSite Any2 (e.g., Apple and Microsoft), and IX-Denver.
The FRGP has supported a doubling in traffic growth every 2-3 years since inception. It currently serves approximately one million users whose organizations participate in the FRGP research and education community in Colorado and Wyoming. The FRGP provides connectivity to the Internet2 network - either directly for Internet2 members or via the Community Anchor Program (CAP) for qualifying community anchor institutions. Via its I2 participation, the FRGP provides access to I2 NET+ Services. The FRGP also provides participants with access to Akamai and Netflix caching systems. The FRGP is a member of the Western Regional Network (WRN), a multi-state partnership providing high-speed networking for research, education, and related uses through the sharing of network services among communities across the western United States.
Member of The Quilt
a consortium of regional Research and Education (R&E) Networks
Serving 1 million users
Doubling traffic growth every 2-3 years
Provides connectivity to Internet 2 either directly or through the CAP program
Member of Western Regional Network
multi-state partnership providing high-speed networking for research, education, and related uses through the sharing of network services among communities across the western United States