Utah Education Network
TypeNon-profit organization
Industry
Founded1989
HeadquartersUniversity of Utah,
Salt Lake City, Utah
Websitewww.uen.org

The Utah Education Network (UEN) is a broadband and digital broadcast network serving public education, higher education, applied technology campuses, libraries, and public charter schools throughout the state of Utah.[1] The Network facilitates interactive video conferencing, provides instructional support services, and operates a public television station (KUEN) on behalf of the Utah State Board of Regents.[2] UEN services benefit more than 60,000 faculty and staff, and more than 780,000 students from pre-schoolers in Head Start programs through grandparents in graduate school. UEN headquarters are in Salt Lake City at the Eccles Broadcast Center on the University of Utah campus.[3]

History

The Utah State Legislature formally established UEN in 1989,[4] but the statewide collaboration of public education and higher education started more than two decades earlier when KUED-Channel 7 signed on the air in 1958. The station built translator towers to beam its signal to remote communities, and eventually the station placed analog microwave equipment on some of those towers enabling two-way teleconferencing for education and government. The system was initially named SETOC (State Educational Technical Operations Center), renamed as EDNET and is now UEN IVC (Interactive Video Conferencing). In December 1986, KULC-Channel 9 (now UEN-TV) started broadcasting as Utah’s Learning Channel, and in 1994 UEN started UtahLINK, the Internet component of the Network. All of those services now operate as the Utah Education Network. UEN-TV and sister station KUED were broadcasting digitally by June 2012,[5] but experiments in statewide digital broadcasting were underway as early as 2004.[6]

Services

Three infrastructure services are integral to UEN’s mission of networking for education. Students, parents, educators, and local communities all benefit from these services. They include:

Funding

UEN is funded by the public through an annual state appropriation, e-rate reimbursements from the FCC’s Universal Service Fund, and from local, state and federal grants. In fiscal year 2013, UEN funding totaled $38.2 million with about 45% ($17.4 million) appropriated by the Utah State Legislature.[7] Through public/private partnerships with local telecommunications companies UEN sustains local economic development with $16.5 million of Networking Services budget paid to Utah telecommunication providers for leased circuits.

Service area

UEN’s geographic reach stretches from Logan to St. George and from the Grouse Creek to Navajo Mountain. The Network connects more than 1000 public schools, nine state colleges and universities, and eight applied technology campuses. Those connections serve more than 841,000 students, teachers, faculty and staff. [8]

See also

References

  1. ^ Park City superintendent tapped to lead Utah Education Network. (2012, August 31). Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved from http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54804632-78/utah-education-superintendent-uen.html.csp
  2. ^ Utah Education Network and University of Utah select Ciena for optical network. (2013, March 12). HPC Wire. Retrieved from http://www.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/2013-03-12/utah_education_network_and_university_of_utah_select_ciena_for_optical_network.html
  3. ^ Utah State Legislature, (2006). Utah code annotated title 53b-17-101. Retrieved from State of Utah website: http://le.utah.gov/code/TITLE53B/htm/53B17_010100.htm
  4. ^ Utah State Legislature, (2012). Utah code annotated title 53B-17-102. Retrieved from State of Utah website: http://le.utah.gov/code/TITLE53B/htm/53B17_010200.htm
  5. ^ Horiuchi, V. (2009, February 04). Congress delays digital tv switch until juine; utah sticks to original cutoff. Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved from http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_11628657 Archived 2009-02-06 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Parsons, K. (2004, April 01). Utah dtv translates into free over-the-air television. Broadcast Engineering, Retrieved from http://broadcastengineering.com/mag/utah-dtv-translates-free-over-air-television
  7. ^ Ball, J. Utah State Legislature, Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst. (2012). 2012-2013 appropriations report (p. 108). Retrieved from State of Utah website: http://le.utah.gov/lfa/reports/FY2013AppropriationsReport.pdf
  8. ^ (2013). Utah broadband project improves communication at special needs school. The Quilt Circle, (2013 Edition), 9. Retrieved from http://www.thequilt.net/images/stories/attachments/thequiltcircle2013_web.pdf