Florida LambdaRail (FLR)

Florida LambdaRail (FLR) was formed by higher education institutions to advance optical research and education networking within Florida. FLR establishes a foundation for the next-generation networks needed to support large-scale research, education outreach, public/private partnerships and IT infrastructure essential to economic development.


FLR links research institutions around the country with connectivity to international research networks. Building a stable, high-bandwidth statewide network is essential to Florida's education and research goals, and is a vital element in Florida's economic development strategy. Florida LambdaRail will establish the state of Florida on the cutting edge of computer connectivity, and provide strong economic development potential through industry partnerships with Florida's colleges and universities.


 How fast is Florida LambdaRail?

  • The speed of Florida LambdaRail (FLR) is currently up to 10 gigabits* per second (one light wave).
  • The commodity (commercial) Internet runs at speeds of 300 megabits** per second (or 300 million bits)
  • FLR has the capacity to go to a total of 32 light waves.

*In data communications, a gigabit is one billion bits per second, or 1,000,000,000 bits.

 **When used to described data transfer rates, it refers to one million bits. Networks are often measured in megabits per second, abbreviated as Mbps.