ION is an Albany, New York based, statewide, redundant SONET fiber network connecting over 60 rural New York State communities and their surrounding areas to the Information Superhighway, and the many opportunities it provides. The increased bandwidth for transfer of information that ION will make available to rural and urban areas is a necessary component in order to compete in today’s world. ION will provide redundant access to telecommunications services, as well as advanced telecommunication services for businesses, educational institutions, health care providers, libraries, and governmental agencies.