Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California Signs Contract With AT&T

Hundreds of High-Bandwidth Circuits Awarded to Beef Up Cutting-Edge CalREN

Network Serving State's K - 20 Research and Educational Communities Since


Apr 17, 2008, 01:00 ET from AT&T Inc.

    CYPRESS, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE:   T)
 has announced a new five-year $50 million contract with the Corporation for
 Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) to increase broadband
 connectivity for its California Research and Education Network (CalREN).
 The contract will serve every segment of the state's public education
 system and the 9.5 million Californians who use CalREN every day.
     CENIC is a nonprofit corporation that supports more than 250
 educational and research entities across the state. It was created to
 leverage the resources of California's educational and research communities
 in order to obtain cost-effective, high-bandwidth networking to support
 their missions and answer the needs of their faculty, staff and students.
 Under terms of the agreement, educational institutions throughout
 California will get a massive boost in capacity, with up to 250
 high-capacity circuits.
     For more than 10 years, California's research and educational
 communities have been served by CalREN, a separate, high-performance
 Internet-based network. Owned and operated by CENIC, CalREN provides high
 bandwidth connectivity to all of California's public education
 institutions, from kindergarten classrooms to postgraduate universities,
 including a significant number of private and independent universities.
     CalREN enables data sharing, grid computing, cutting-edge science,
 breathtaking telepresence and video conferencing, distance learning and
 large collaborative projects. Through its connections to national research
 and educational networks, CalREN makes it possible for faculty,
 researchers, teachers, staff and students in the state to collaborate with
 peers and extend their vision throughout California, the nation and the
     "CENIC was created to serve the interests of the state's research and
 educational communities, and our agreement with AT&T will ensure that we
 have the best cutting-edge, dependable infrastructure at an economical
 price," said Jim Dolgonas, president and CEO of CENIC. "AT&T has always
 worked shoulder to shoulder with CENIC in helping us serve public education
 in California, and that alliance just keeps getting better and better. AT&T
 really understands and responds to the needs of education in the state."
     This expanded business agreement extends a relationship between AT&T
 and CENIC that spans more than 10 years.
     About CENIC
     California's education and research communities leverage their
 networking resources under CENIC, the Corporation for Education Network
 Initiatives in California, in order to obtain cost-effective,
 high-bandwidth networking to support their missions and answer the needs of
 their faculty, staff, and students. CENIC designs, implements, and operates
 CalREN, the California Research and Education Network, a high-bandwidth,
 high-capacity Internet network specially designed to meet the unique
 requirements of these communities, and to which the vast majority of the
 state's K-20 educational institutions are connected. In order to facilitate
 collaboration in education and research, CENIC also provides connectivity
 to non-California institutions and industry research organizations with
 which CENIC's Associate researchers and educators are engaged.
     CENIC is governed by its member institutions. Representatives from
 these institutions also donate expertise through their participation in
 various councils designed to ensure that CENIC meets the needs of its
 constituencies and that the network evolves as technology advances.
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