OmniPop is a fiber optic network collaboration between the Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions, providing high speed connectivity between campuses and research hubs worldwide. It knits together regional optical networks on a collectively owned fiber cable circling downtown Chicago. Current OmniPop partners and affiliates are listed on their website.


Benefits of OmniPop include:

  • Multiple access points for researchers
  • Redundancy to eliminate network downtime
  • Sharing of bandwidth-intensive applications
  • Large research datasets for regional, national, or global collaboration. 
  • Ultra-high bandwidth connections to higher education and research peers which reduce costs and latency.


The University of Michigan has primary 100 Gbps connectivity to OmniPop through our MiLR network connection. A secondary 100 Gbps connection is available through Internet2 via Merit Networks.