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The Client

Launched in 2017 with the approval of Northeastern University’s Board of Directors, the Global Resilience Institute (GRI) is the world’s first university-wide institute to respond to the resilience imperative.

The institute launched the Global Resilience Research Network (GRRN) with the participation of 30 universities and research institutes from 16 countries around the world.

This collaborative research and educational community share a common commitment to work in close partnership with industry and public entities in developing and deploying practical tools, applications, and skills that bolster the resilience of individuals, communities, critical systems and networks, and societies.

The Challenge

There are various, local/regional dark fiber networks owned by utility companies. GRI is currently doing a risk assessment and vulnerabilities study of the physical infrastructure of the internet in the U.S.A. and is compiling recommendations for the Federal government with regards to creating or establishing a national fiber network for utility companies.


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