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Network Nebraska

Objective

To develop a broadband, scalable telecommunications infrastructure that optimizes the quality of service to every public entity in the State of Nebraska.


Description

Network Nebraska aggregates disparate networks into a multipurpose core backbone extending from Omaha to Lincoln to Grand Island and Scottsbluff, with Ethernet clouds extending out to the furthest corners of the state. The State of Nebraska Office of the CIO, the University of Nebraska, Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission, Department of Education, Public Service Commission, and the Nebraska Information Technology Commission have formed the Collaborative Aggregation Partnership (CAP) to guide and implement Network Nebraska. The next phase of this initiative is to formalize business relationships and agreements and to enhance rural bandwidth through local aggregation.

The major components of this initiative include:

Development of a scalable, reliable, and secure telecommunications infrastructure that enables any type of eligible entity (i.e., local and state government, K-12 and higher education) to purchase the amount of service that the entities need, when they need it, on an annual basis;

Establishment of a catalog of value-added services that enables eligible entities to pick and choose applications that are pertinent to them (e.g., Internet1, Internet2, and videoconferencing);

Implementation of a network operations center that offers a helpdesk, network diagnostics, and engineering assistance in order to ensure acceptable qualities of service;

Establishment of a billing or accounting center to accept service orders, extend service agreements, provide consolidated billing, and to maintain customer accounts;

The organization of advisory groups (i.e. Network Nebraska—Education) that can provide input and recommendations on network issues to the executive sponsors of such networks.


Benefits

Through aggregation of demand, adoption of common standards, and collaboration with network services and applications, participants can achieve many benefits, including:

Lower network costs

Greater efficiency for participating entities

New educational opportunities

Better use of public investments

Competitiveness with surrounding states

Increased collaboration among all K-20 educational entities, as well as state agencies

Interoperability of systems providing video courses and conferencing


Current Action Items (2012-2014)

1. Identify Tier II communities that offer opportunities for aggregation for services onto the network.

2. The Chief Information Officer will continue the LB 1208 implementation by annually bidding infrastructure and connectivity for new regions of participants and developing the most cost-effective and efficient support structure possible for the statewide network.

3. Offer Internet I services to eligible network participants.

4. Prepare for the future of Network Nebraska as a statewide, multipurpose, high capacity, scalable telecommunications network that shall meet the demand of state agencies, local governments, and educational entities as defined in section 79-1201.01.

Refer to the Statewide Technology Plan for further information.