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Feasibility Study for a Statewide Higher Education Information Technology Network
State of Connecticut, September 18, 1996

Current Situation

  • Several technologies are used at the different higher education institutions throughout the State. For example, Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), Frame Relay (public and private), and Microwave are all being used to provide distance learning capabilities between campuses. However, connectivity is contained within each institution.
  • Each institution has expressed an interest in extending its resources to other institutions if a private network were in place.
  • Today, the Internet is the only means of inter-institution data communications. The public switched telephone network (PSTN) is the only mechanism for inter-institution voice connectivity. No formal network is in place for video services between institutions.
  • K-12 and Connecticut's public libraries are currently examining means of creating their own network infrastructures.
  • The approach to higher education is changing throughout the country (and the world):
    • Non-traditional teaching methods are being utilized to maximize learning potential
    • Students are entering higher education institutions with more advanced technical abilities and increased expectations.
    • Government legislation and monetary assistance is encouraging the use of technology in education

Connecticut recognizes these changes and is working to promote the educational experience provided in the State.

  • Most of the other forty-nine states already have networks in place that connect higher education institutions. These networks utilize a multitude of different technologies and connect a variety of different constituents. Most of the network infrastructures deployed in the other states provide more advanced services than those offered in Connecticut.

Executive Summary
Table of Contents
12 Current Situation
13 Problem Statement and Impact Analysis
16 Benefits of a Statewide Network
17 Applications of a Statewide Network-Other States
18 Applications of a Statewide Network-Connecticut
20 Possible Technology Scenarios
21 Recommended Technology Scenario
22 Costing Model - Assumptions
23 Scope of Cost Model
25 Cost of Recommended Technology Scenario
26 Other Recommendations
30 Implementation Strategy

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