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2 Connecting Illinois Education The Third A Gathering of State Networks Conference H. Neil Matkin Director April 30, 2001

3 Introductions Lynn Murphy, Deputy Director, Development and Public Relations (BIRTHDAY GIRL) Lori Sorenson, Deputy Director, Client Services Neil Matkin, Director

4 What Is the ICN? A robust, statewide educational network A network to connect all Illinois K-12 schools, higher education institutions, libraries, museums, research institutions, State agencies, local governments, and other not-for-profit entities that provide services to Illinois citizens Designed to enhance the sharing of educational resources

5 History of the ICN Initiative of Governor Ryan, created through Public Act with funding appropriated to: –Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) –Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) Network is based upon the ISBE LincOn network that brought the Internet to K-12 schools Network includes the Illinois Video Education Network.

6 Who Is Eligible To Connect? K-12 Schools Colleges & Universities Libraries Museums Research Institutions State Agencies Units of Local Government Other Local Entities

7 RTC IX RTC VIII RTC VII RTC VI RTC V RTC IV RTC III OC12 OC3 DS3 T1 Network Overview RTC I RTC II OC3 AT&T Internet 30mb Savis.net OC3 Qwest OC3 SprintLink OC12 NAP 75 MB Nap.net DS3 Intermedia DS3 WorldCom

8 ICN: Looking to the Future Regional User Groups Advanced Engineering Taskforce Illinois Online Leadership Council Unique Geographic Advantages Partnerships

9 RTC I RTC IX RTC VIII RTC VII RTC VI RTC V RTC II  Provide connectivity consultation  Assist with completing applications  Order circuits and hardware  Provide ongoing monitoring and support of connection RTC III RTC IX RTC IV Regional Technology Centers

10 User Group Responsibilities Communicate technology successes on a local level – identify best practices Identify and communicate educational and training opportunities that exist within the region Offer recommendations to the ICN Collaborate among constituent groups

11 Advanced Engineering Taskforce Charged with future planning for the network Members from IMSA, Argonne Labs, WIU, Maine Township Schools, CMS, CPS, NIU, NWU, Township High School District 214, UIUC, Iroquois-Kankakee ROE, Aurora University, College of DuPage Paying particular attention to the integration of video with ICN, future issues that affect bandwidth demands, and capacity of the backbone given current trends.

12 Illinois Online Leadership Council Coordinate statewide content efforts Create an elearning portal to bring the growing community of providers together

13 Current Issues Staff is working to bring connectivity to Internet 2 for ALL education entities that desire it in Illinois. The ICN is rescuing 353 K-12 schools abandoned by an Internet service provider going out of business (primarily in the West Suburbs, Chicago area). ICN is growing by almost 10% in less than 8 weeks! –317 applications were received as of April 20.

14 Current Issues All state agencies were connected to the network on Saturday, March 31. Staff continues to track down K-12 schools with no connectivity to the Internet to get them connected. As of April 20, 2001, we know of only 14 schools with no Internet service of any kind. The ICN Chicago office located at the James R. Thompson Center is due to be completed mid-May.

15 Current Issues The ICN has taken leadership and formed the Illinois Online Leadership Council and is producing an elearning portal (elearning.Illinois.net). OC12 and OC3 circuits continue to be installed and today, all OC12 circuits have been delivered and are up and running. ICN staff is beginning a statewide analysis of all connections to the network with an eye toward ensuring scalability and long-term sustainability of the network.

16 Current Issues ICN is in negotiations with McCormick Place (Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority) to provide services for conventions and conferences on a cost recovery basis. The Advanced Engineering Taskforce continues to work toward completion of their annual engineering report to further map out a successful future for the ICN. Quality of Service/Service Level Agreement Issues Pushing costs out to institutions

17 Current Issues ICN staff is in discussions with the Department of Central Management Services and the Illinois Department of Transportation to utilize state fiber buried from Collinsville to Urbana-Champaign to Chicago. –Move from an OC12 link from Collinsville to Chicago to an OC 48 or faster - while reducing costs by at least $1 million dollars per year. –Partner with NCSA and the I-Wire project

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