We will probably continue with ILN via IP, though our logistics around
avoiding peak bandwidth-use times need to be dealt with.
> Hello everyone -
> You may know that the Department of Education has been
> to restore the ILN system to some level of functionality in the next
> school year using Internet Protocol (IP), but without ATM. We are
> interested in and will be working toward a more permanent solution
> order to maintain a statewide videoconferencing network to support
> schools. The Department has been successful in securing significant
> bandwidth to support the system and has funding to hire a management
> team to provide technical support at both the state and local
> programmatic support, and to provide advice in configuring the
> and your local gateway to the Internet for ILN use. There will be no
> additional cost to the school district for any of the above services
> or for use of the system, but..... NOTE that SOME local systems may
> need to be upgraded/increase bandwidth in order to connect well
> with the ILN bridge. The costs of such upgrades or bandwidth
> improvements must be absorbed!
> by the local district.
> Virtually all of the equipment currently in place will still
> be usable in the new system, although some modification of the
> existing routers may be required.
> The biggest question for local educators is whether there is
> adequate existing local bandwidth to support simultaneous use of ILN
> along with Internet use on the part of staff and students.
> So this question is for Technology Coordinator-types: Will
> revive ILN at your local level if it is made available to you as
> described above? Please let me know so we can get a general reading
> the level of interest.
> Many thanks -
> Bill Romond, Vermont Department of Education
District Technology Coordinator
Chittenden East Supervisory Union
(802) 899 - 3711
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