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The ABC’s of OCAN: Anchors, Broadband, & Connecting Communities. OCAN Program Manager. Sonja Wall. What is OCAN?.

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the abc s of ocan anchors broadband connecting communities

The ABC’s of OCAN: Anchors, Broadband, & Connecting Communities

OCAN Program Manager

Sonja Wall

what is ocan
What is OCAN?

The Oklahoma Community Anchor Network (OCAN) is the product of a collaborative project among three state agencies – Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education/OneNet, Office of Management and Enterprise Services, and Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

  • Project was awarded in August 2010 by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
  • Constructed 1000+ miles of fiber infrastructure for middle-mile services
  • Connects to 33 Community Anchor Institutions
  • Provides lit and unlit services to improve broadband services throughout Oklahoma
  • Funded by a federal award of $73,998,268 and $18,909,548 of state cash and in-kind match
  • Project was completed in July 2013
a is for anchors
“A” is for Anchors

Community Anchor Institutions

Public Schools, Libraries, Hospitals, Public Safety Facilities, Higher Education Institutions, State Agencies

There are 33 CAIs connected by OCAN:

7 Hospitals

1 Public Library

3 Public Safety Facilities

22 Higher Education Institutions

These initial connections will enable increased services to hundreds of additional anchors

ocan community anchor institutions
OCAN Community Anchor Institutions
  • CLEET
  • Enid Highway Patrol HQ
  • Durant Highway Patrol HQ
  • Woodward Hospital
  • Jefferson County Hospital
  • Atoka Memorial Hospital
  • Mary Hurley Hospital
  • Choctaw Hospital
  • SeilingCommunity Hospital
  • Lawton Indian Hospital
  • Duncan Public Library
  • Ardmore Higher Education Center
  • Southeastern OSU Durant
  • Southeastern OSU Idabel
  • Redlands Community College
  • Northern Oklahoma College
  • Northwestern OSU Enid
  • Northwestern OSU Woodward
  • Comanche Nation Tribal College
  • Cameron University Lawton
  • Cameron University Duncan
  • Carl Albert State College Poteau
  • Carl Albert State College Sallisaw
  • Seminole State College
  • Connors College
  • Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College
  • Southwestern OSU Weatherford
  • Southwestern OSU Sayre
  • Eastern Oklahoma State College Wilburton
  • Eastern Oklahoma State College McAlester
  • East Central University
  • Western Oklahoma State College
  • Gordon Cooper Technology Center
b is for broadband
“B” is for Broadband

Over 1000 miles of fiber constructed

Constructed throughout 35 Counties

17 Tribal Jurisdictions

Impacts 89% of Oklahoma population

c is for connecting communities
“C” is for Connecting Communities
  • OCAN is a middle-mile network
  • Reliant on partnerships with local telecos to provide last-mile service
  • Partnerships will allow increased connectivity and services to communities
  • Benefits to communities:
    • Telemedicine
    • Public Safety
    • Distance Learning
    • Continued Education Courses
    • Online Job Training
    • Digital Literacy
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