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Subject: [I2-NEWS] Ruckus Joins Internet2 to Develop Next-Generation 
Content Distribution Technology
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2006 09:08:22 -0500
From: Lauren Rotman <lauren@internet2.edu>
To: i2-news@internet2.edu

Ruckus Joins Internet2 to Develop Next-Generation Content Distribution
Technology

Membership to also provide Internet2 universities with blazing fast access
to educational multimedia materials

ANN ARBOR, Mich. and HERNDON, Va. - February 23, 2006 -Internet2 today
announced that Ruckus has joined the consortium as a corporate member and
will collaborate with the Internet2 community to develop and test
ground-breaking content distribution and authentication technologies to
enable fast and legal intra and inter-campus sharing of multimedia
materials. The membership will also allow the company to provide students at
its 208 member universities blazing fast access to Ruckus' innovative
multimedia service that enables schools to legally access and share a
massive digital library of classroom-related multimedia.

Ruckus will work with the Internet2 community and leverage Internet2's
high-performance nationwide networks to facilitate research and development
on how digital media and campus communities can be enhanced through
peer-to-peer networking, content delivery optimization, Shibboleth(R)
authentication, and the creation of personal libraries. This work builds on
continuing research projects Ruckus has undertaken with universities
participating in the Ruckus network since its multimedia service went live
in October 2004.

"The Internet2 community provides a view into the future of networking,
enabling our corporate members to experiment in ways not possible on today's
commercial Internet. Ruckus' partnership in our community will play a
critical role in advancing new content distribution and authentication
technologies as more and more students are demanding materials online," said
Jill Arnold, director of member and partner relations for Internet2.

Ruckus is the first college-only service to blend social networking features
with academic library management. As a corporate member of Internet2, Ruckus
can leverage the speed of Internet2's backbone network to offer extensive
educational multimedia service to the university community at speeds up to
1000 times typical Internet broadband service. Universities that access
Ruckus' unique academic content library and distribution platform, Ruckus on
Reserve, will be able to assign and digitally distribute classroom related
material from six of the largest academic multimedia distributors - making
it even simpler for students to quickly access necessary academic materials
from any point on the campus network without any special hardware
installation and minimal technical integration.

"We're proud to join Internet2, and will strive to make significant
contributions to the development of next generation technology and content,"
said William J. Raduchel, CEO and chairman of Ruckus. "Our partnership with
Internet2 will not only increase the number of students that can access
Ruckus' multimedia service for educational purposes, while eliminating
implementation and installation costs, but will also help to create an
enhanced platform for collaboration and idea-sharing for the growing
academic community which we jointly serve."

About Ruckus
Ruckus is the premiere digital entertainment network designed specifically
for college students.  The Ruckus experience blends college students' top
interests - friends and entertainment - to create a strong sense of
community at universities across the country. The company's academic
initiative, Ruckus on Reserve, offers college professors and libraries the
same fast, flexible access to multimedia content for classroom use. Today,
the Ruckus service is available to hundreds of thousands of U.S. college
students and is quickly becoming the brand of choice for higher education
institutions nationwide.  For more information, please go to www.ruckus.com.

About Internet2(R)
Led by more than 200 U.S. universities working with industry and government,
Internet2 develops and deploys advanced network applications and
technologies for research and higher education, accelerating the creation of
tomorrow's Internet.  Internet2 recreates the partnerships among academia,
industry, and government that helped foster today's Internet in its infancy.
For more information, visit: www.internet2.edu.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Marie Farrar
DBC PR for Ruckus
P: 202-298-7600 x214
Mobile: 202-368-8235
marie@dbcpr.com

Lauren Rotman
Internet2
202.331.5345
lauren@internet2.edu

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