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Segment Updates | Winter 2017


High-speed Broadband Extended to the University of California Researchers in Rural Sites Across California

The Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC-ANR) is a statewide network of University of California researchers and educators dedicated to the creation, development, and application of knowledge in human, agricultural, and natural resources. There are nine Research and Extension Centers throughout the state. These facilities have been hampered by poor Internet connectivity in their support of the 700 UC academic researchers who are engaged with community and industry partners to ensure that California has healthy food systems, environments, and communities. In 2016, CENIC began working with UC-ANR to connect these centers to CalREN, and six centers have been connected to date:

The Citrus Research Center and Agricultural Experiment Station in Riverside County, near Mt. Rubideaux, has also been connected, at 100 Mbps, and UC-ANR is connecting Elkus Ranch, the environmental education center for Bay Area youth, at 250 Mbps, and the UC-ANR headquarters at UC Davis AT 1Gbps.

Earlier this year, thirty UC Cooperative Extension sites were added to the list of sites to be connected to CalREN. CENIC is in the process of seeking quotes for service to these sites.


Upgrades to California State University Campuses Underway



Redundancy Restoration and Bandwidth Upgrades for California Community Colleges

The California Community Colleges enroll more than 2.1 million students on 114 campuses and together constitute the largest system of higher education in the United States. Using new funding, CENIC has been working closely with the CCC Chancellor’s Office to significantly upgrade the system’s connections to CalREN.  


California Public Libraries Being Connected to CalREN

CENIC has had a long-standing interest in and commitment to connecting public libraries to CalREN.  Work began in 2012 with library leaders across the state to conduct a needs assessment and secure the funding necessary to add public libraries as a new segment.
In the fall of 2014, the California State Legislature approved funds for this purpose and the California State Library announced that all public libraries in the state would have the opportunity to connect to CalREN and Califa was appointed to act as the administrative arm of the California State Library to work with CENIC to carry out this work. Below is an update on the status of the project:


Upgrades to K-12 Node Sites and Update on the Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant (BIIG) Program Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grants

CENIC and its partners are overcoming barriers to Internet connectivity in California’s hardest-to-reach public schools. Working with the California State Legislature and the Governor’s office, CENIC and K12HSN were able to highlight the need of all K–12 public schools for high-speed broadband to help educators implement the Common Core and improve teaching and learning. Initial funding was appropriated to assess need. In 2014, based on this assessment, the Governor of California and the State Legislature funded the initiative. Additional funding was approved in 2015.

To date there have been three phases of connectivity upgrades to a total of 358 schools:

The BIIG program has been particularly beneficial in rural counties, where there are many obstacles to high-speed broadband connectivity. Of the 92 public schools in Humboldt County, for example, 42 are participating in the BIIG program. Of the 15 public schools in Plumas County, eight are participating in the BIIG program.

CENIC works closely with commercial service providers to find the most cost-efficient and direct connection to CalREN. Some hard-to-reach sites have been bid out multiple times to give commercial service providers an opportunity to work to find a solution. To date, only one site has received no valid bids. CENIC will continue to work in partnership with commercial service providers to find a solution for all school sites in need.


Node Site Upgrades

Node sites are points of intersection/connection within a network where multiple circuits are aggregated. In 2016-17, five circuit upgrades  have been completed:

Also, one dark fiber circuit upgrade, 100 Gbps DF Los Angeles COE to Los Angeles,  has been completed and five are pending. Dark fiber circuits are leased for an extended period and lit with CENIC-managed equipment.

A total of 15 circuit upgrades and one dark fiber upgrade are planned for 2017-2018.