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Utah Education Network Overview


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This presentation was given by Michael Peterson and Jeff Egly, with the Utah Education Network, to the Utah Broadband Advisory Council on October 13, 2011.

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Utah Education Network Overview

  1. 1. Utah Education Network: Briefing for Utah Broadband Forum Michael Petersen, Executive Director, UEN Jeff Egly, Associate Director, Technical Services, UEN October 13, 2011
  2. 2. The Utah Education Network within the Utah Education and Government Sector <ul><li>UEN is an educational technology partnership of public and higher education, providing educational technology services statewide. </li></ul><ul><li>Established by statute, and reports directly to the Legislature and the Governor. </li></ul><ul><li>UEN is governed by a 25 member Steering Committee whose members represent public and higher education, state library director, governor’s office, and state legislature </li></ul>
  3. 3. UEN’s Core Responsibility <ul><ul><li>The network is a public-private partnership between UEN and Utah telecommunications providers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UEN does not own the network. We lease circuits from telecommunications companies using multi-year contracts. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To provide a statewide wide area network with robust and reliable connectivity to the Internet for every public school and college, and every public library. </li></ul>
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  5. 5. County-level Example of the UEN Network
  6. 6. Other UEN Services <ul><li>Professional development </li></ul><ul><li>KUEN TV </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive videoconferencing </li></ul><ul><li>Web services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning management services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pioneer Online Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. UEN Funding Model <ul><li>UEN pays the full cost of its services so network and Internet connections are free to school districts, charter schools, universities, colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Major Revenue Sources: </li></ul><ul><li>State Appropriations ($17 million) </li></ul><ul><li>Federal E-Rate reimbursements ($11 million </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Grants ($8 million) </li></ul>
  8. 9. Funding Model Challenges <ul><li>We are currently working with the Steering Committee to modify the funding model, but still keep its main features </li></ul><ul><li>During past 4 years, our state appropriation has been reduced by $4 million </li></ul><ul><li>23 staff positions have been eliminated, and many other budget cutting steps taken </li></ul>
  9. 10. ARRA Stimulus Award: Utah Anchors Project <ul><li>149 community anchor institutions are being connected to the UEN network through BTOP infrastructure project: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>elementary and charter schools, libraries, head start centers, higher education campuses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>185 miles of fiber will be added </li></ul><ul><li>70,000 residential and 1,000 business telecom customers will benefit from new broadband services </li></ul>