[NHDOE-ETNews] Invitation for Fiber Upgrade Consulting Through the NH School Connectivity Initiative (NHSCI)

Freeda, Stanley Stanley.Freeda at doe.nh.gov
Thu Mar 31 08:51:57 EDT 2016

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ITEM:  Invitation for Fiber Upgrade Consulting Through the NH School Connectivity Initiative (NHSCI)

As you may have heard, the newly formed New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative (NHSCI) represents collaboration between DOE, the New Hampshire Department of Information Technology, the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, and the University of New Hampshire with the goal of increasing broadband connectivity to our New Hampshire schools.

In order to meet those K-12 connectivity goals and ensure that all New Hampshire public school students have the opportunity to engage in digital learning, NHSCI has partnered with the non-profit, EducationSuperHighway<http://www.educationsuperhighway.org/>, to help facilitate statewide K-12 fiber network discussions with school districts, service providers, and partner organizations; to maximize discounted communication services provided to schools and libraries across the state through E-Rate funding; and to continue efforts to analyze and strengthen a comprehensive K-12 connectivity report of New Hampshire schools.

The recent data collection completed by UNH and the Telecommunications Advisory Board (TAB) indicates that many New Hampshire schools would benefit from the free fiber consulting services offered through our partnership with EducationSuperHighway.  EducationSuperHighway will provide a team of four expert consultants (network, procurement, project management) to work with each interested school district to support the entire upgrade process, including:

  *   Providing research on potential service providers and service options
  *   Proposing solution recommendations
  *   Supporting your RFP process
  *   Conducting outreach to a broad network of competitive providers
  *   Providing tips for negotiating with providers
  *   Checking back in with your district during the implementation process

To learn more about this free program and next steps, you are welcome to attend our upcoming informational webinar on Tuesday, April 12 at 1:00 PM.   Please register to attend this webinar at: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/rbl6qeztokbi&eom.

If you're unable to attend, but want to learn more about the program, please contact Elle Patterson directly at (415)967-7454, or at elle.patterson at educationsuperhighway.org<mailto:elle.patterson at educationsuperhighway.org>.

Please Stan Freeda if you have any additional questions, or learn more at our new NHSCI informational page on NHEON.org<http://nheon.org/> at http://www.nheon.org/nhsci.

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