Cybera is a not-for-profit corporation responsible for the operation of Albertas Optical Regional Advanced Network. This network, known as CyberaNet, connects Albertas research universities, colleges, K-12 schools, not-for-profits, and business incubators to one another and to the global grid of research and education networks using optical fibre. Cybera is funded by the Government of Alberta and its membership. The head office is located in the University of Calgary Research Park, with an additional office at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Cybera has roots in a 1980s movement to build high-speed data-transfer networks to support university research. The initial manifestation of this movement in Alberta was the Western Universities Research Consortium Network (WURCNet). By the mid 1990s, Canada’s western provinces each evolved a need for their own organizations. Alberta created Netera Alliance, while other western provinces created partner network organizations. In 2006, Netera Alliance expanded its mandate and changed its name to Cybera. Cybera is a not-for-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors which includes representatives from the fields of education, research, government, and industry. With offices in Calgary and Edmonton, Cybera maintains indefeasible rights of use on network links for research and education purposes in the province of Alberta. Cybera also partners with researchers and the private sector on projects that explore digital technologies including cloud computing and next-generation networking, and provides above-the-network services to members.