November 14, 2005
When LONI—the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative—was initially proposed, one of
its fundamental selling points was its potential to attract federal research dollars that
Louisiana institutions might otherwise have had to forego. Now, barely into LONI’s first
phase as a working reality in our state, the initiative has already played a direct role in
attracting to our state over $20 million from such federal funding agencies as the National
Institute for Health and the National Science Foundation.