CENIC acknowledges broadband infrastructure improvement grant program for K-12 schools in California

In recognition of the significant effort to bring advanced broadband capacity to K-12 schools in California, the Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant (BIIG) program will receive the CENIC 2018 Innovations in Networking Award for Educational Applications, the company said.

Project leaders being recognized are: Teri Sanders and Luis Wong, K-12 High Speed Network (K12HSN); Jerry Winkler, California Department of Education; and Patricia de Cos, California State Board of Education.

As a result of the BIIG project, California´s most remote public schools are overcoming barriers to Internet access and being connected to the world-class California Research and Education Network (CalREN), the high-performance broadband network operated by CENIC.

CENIC connects California to the world–advancing education and research statewide by providing the world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration, and economic growth. This nonprofit organization operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20 million users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers, and other vital public-serving institutions.

K12HSN enables educators, students, and staff across California to have access to a reliable high-speed network, which can deliver high-quality online resources to support teaching and learning and promote academic achievement. K12HSN led the BIIG project, designing the strategy for implementation of the grant program and designing and carrying out the needs assessment.