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Mississippi Optical Network

Lighting Mississippi’s path to the future

Announced by Governor Haley Barbour in 2011, the Mississippi Optical Network, MissiON, became a reality by the end of that year. Created in collaboration with AT&T, the network serves the Mississippi Research Consortium -- comprised of the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, University of Southern Mississippi, and Jackson State University; the University of Mississippi Medical Center; the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center; and the Stennis Space Center.State of Mississippi Picture

“This network will transform our universities’ research capabilities and academic competitiveness on a global scale,” Gov. Barbour said. “I thank AT&T, the members of the Consortium, our state ITS staff and other partners for making this project a reality. This will have tremendous impact on Mississippi. Researchers will be able to share massive amounts of complex data quickly, enhancing their work in a variety of areas from medicine to manufacturing. This is work that often leads to the creation of new companies and jobs for Mississippians.”

“As the State of Mississippi’s landline communications provider, AT&T is proud to provide the robust network infrastructure and technology at the heart of the MissiON network,” said Mayo Flynt, president of AT&T - Mississippi. “This new investment in Mississippi’s communications infrastructure enhances the already significant capabilities of our leading research universities and delivers new capabilities to the public communications network that may be leveraged by others and drive increased economic activity.”


  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • Jackson State University
  • Mississippi State University
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center
  • Stennis Space Center

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