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Multi use network bridging the digital divide state co mnt

State of Colorado

Colorado Executive Leadership Forum

May 29, 2002

Multi-Use Network

Bridging the Digital-Divide

Mnt overview

MNT Overview

Guy Mellor

MNT Program Manager

State of Colorado

Colorado s multi use network
Colorado’s Multi-Use Network

  • The Multi-Use Network (MNT) is a public/private partnership to build a high-speed fiber-optic network for the State of Colorado.

  • MNT allows the State to consolidate Colorado State government agency telecommunication requirements from its current multiple networks into a single network to reduce administrative and maintenance costs to taxpayers.

  • MNT leverages the development of telecommunications infrastructure while expanding the delivery of advanced services to all geographic regions of the state

Colorado s multi use network1
Colorado’s Multi-Use Network

  • MNT vision:

    • MNT changes the model of telecommunications in Colorado.

    • Colorado’s MNT:

      • Bridges the Digital-Divide.

      • Increases economic development

      • Creates the backbone for e-government.

      • Changes the model for telecommunications pricing for all users, public and private.

      • Created by two Governors with bi-partisan, statewide legislature leadership

Mnt getting it done


Schools (K-12)

Higher Education

State Government

Local Government

Health Care

MNT – 20 mb Reserved Bandwidth

Colorado High Speed Digital Network

Private-Sector Traffic

MNT- Getting it Done

Single Integrated Telecommunications Infrastructure




Lower cost

Anap map aggregated network access points
ANAP Map(Aggregated Network Access Points)

** Each circle represents the area in which backhaul charges have been, or will be, eliminated.

Multi use network bridging the digital divide state co mnt

Super ANAP Usage

Total Network Volume by Day

Mnt t 1 rates
MNT T-1 Rates

City Pre-MNT MNT












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Current participation
Current Participation

  • State agencies All

  • Schools 79

  • Libraries 15

  • Municipal 61

  • County 16

  • Medical 12

  • Total 184


  • Build the “last mile”

  • Optimize aggregation opportunities

  • Measure and drive economic development

Multi use network hotline
Multi-Use Network Hotline

  • 1-866-MNT-COLO


Business and mnt

Business and MNT

Jackie Slate

Senior National Account Manager

Qwest Government & Education Services


Colorado High Speed Digital Networkbeing built by Qwest and the independent Telco’s over the next three years to provide a fiber optic based public network that will benefit all citizens of Colorado

Multi use network bridging the digital divide state co mnt

The Total Solution “The Partnership”

  • The Qwest Consortium for Total Network Solution

    • Qwest Network Services

    • Qwest Business & Government Solutions

    • Qwest/Touch America

    • CenturyTel

    • Phillips County Telephone Company

    • Eastern Slope Rural Telephone Company

    • Citizens Communications

    • Fiber Lease Partners (Pathnet, UBTA, SECOM, REAs)

    • Cisco Systems

    • Covansys

Multi use network bridging the digital divide state co mnt

Our Total MNT Solution“A Fresh Approach”

  • New & Improved Infrastructure

    • 100% fiber SONET backbone networkarchitecture

    • 70% diverse routes

    • $60+ million fiber infrastructure expansion for MNT project by Qwest & ILEC partners

    • Publicly available network for all citizens of Colorado

Pre deployment how it was done before mnt

Frame Relay


DS1 Frame Relay

Backhauled to Frame

Department of

Relay Cloud

Human Services

PVC Back to Host

DS1 Frame Relay

Cost Before MNT =

$1,348.89 per month

DS1 Frame Relay

Backhauled to Frame

Relay Cloud

Bank Branch

PVC Back to Main Bank

DS1 Frame Relay

Cost Before MNT =

$1,348.89 per month

Pre Deployment(How it was Done Before MNT)


Multi use network bridging the digital divide state co mnt

MNT/Qwest Accomplishments

How Far We’ve Come

  • Publicly disclosed ATM & Frame Relay Service in every county in Qwest territory

    • Expanded service umbrellas

    • Qwest ahead of schedule for ANAP deployment resulting in significant savings in rural Colorado

  • Release of held orders in rural Colorado as a result of MNT Project

    • Qwest and CenturyTel served counties

Multi use network bridging the digital divide state co mnt

Qwest - MNT Benefits

  • Ability to “push” technologies out further intothe Qwest and partner networks

    • xDSL (Aggressive CenturyTel Deployment)

    • Frame Relay (56/64K - 45Mbps)

    • ATM (DS1, IMA, DS3, OC3, OC12 )

    • Multiple options for network design

  • Can begin consolidating network traffic over single “pipe”

Where we re headed
Where We’re Headed …

  • Stages of interactivity in a networked fabric

    • Stage 1: 1-to-1 communication (email) 7.2B

    • Stage 2: 1-to-many (Web) 3.2B Websites

    • Stage 3: 1-to-many transactions (e-commerce)

    • Stage 4: many-to-many transactions

      • (ref: Alan Charney, Cisco)

Making technology work for communities

Making Technology “Work” for Communities

Dr. J. Jeffrey Richardson

Chief Information Officer

Colorado Commission on Higher Education

Applications and community
Applications and Community





Where we re headed1
Where We’re Headed …

  • Stages of interactivity in a networked fabric

    • Stage 1: 1-to-1 communication (email) 7.2B

    • Stage 2: 1-to-many (Web) 3.2B Websites

    • Stage 3: 1-to-many transactions (e-commerce)

    • Stage 4: many-to-many transactions

      • (ref: Alan Charney, Cisco)

Standard of living the private sector
Standard of Living(the private sector)

  • Economic development

    • Telework

    • “Lone eagles”

    • “New” labor market

    • Information industry

    • Strengthen traditional economic base

Quality of life the public sector
Quality of Life(the public sector)

  • Education

    • Virtual high school

    • Teacher-sharing

    • Distance ed

      • 43,016 enrollments in FY01

    • Post-secondary opportunities

    • Libraries, Museums

More public sector applications
More Public Sector Applications

  • Healthcare

    • Tele-radiology

    • Remote diagnosis

    • Consumer information

    • Continuing medical education

    • Healthcare E-commerce

  • Government

    • GIS, Assessor, Clerk & Assessor, Permits

K 12 as a user

K-12 as a User

Eric Feder

Educational Telecommunications

Colorado Department of Education

Your zip code should not dictate the quality of your education.

K 12 challenges


Areas of no access

Low bandwidth

Unreliable connectivity

Video expensive

with dedicated


Using the MNT

Seamless connectivity throughout the state

Reliable network

Statewide WAN with QoS

Lower projected costs

Internet 2

K-12 Challenges

Colorado k12 access
Colorado K12 Access

Fifty-eight percent of computers in schools are PowerMacs or PCs with 586 or newer chips.

K 12 telecommunications applications
K-12 Telecommunications Applications

  • Internet Access

    • Communications – email, chat rooms

    • Student and teacher research

    • Online applications – MarcoPolo, Compass Learning

    • eLearning

    • Info. access – grant forms, reporting, achievement data

    • Document creation and sharing – web-based

    • Online assessment

    • Remote research - PDAs

K 12 telecommunications applications1
K-12 Telecommunications Applications


  • Interactive Video

    • Student instruction

    • Professional development

    • Collaboration with IHEs

    • Community education

  • Intranets

    • All of the above PLUS sensitive information for in-house use only

K 12 networks
K-12 Networks

  • East Central BOCES

    • Phases I & II

  • WestCEL

  • C2 – AVNA


  • Centennial BOCES

  • Trinidad SJC/San Luis Valley


  • Mountain BOCES

Multi use network bridging the digital divide state co mnt

Full Motion Video

Compressed Digital Video

K-12 Networks – September 2000

K 12 elearning initiatives

Cyber Schools

Aurora Public Schools

Branson SD

Colorado Virtual Academy

Douglas County – StarLabs


Lester B. Arnold

Monte Vista Online Academy

VILAS Online

Supplemental Programs

Colorado Online School Consortium

Denver Public Schools


Moving Mountains

Poudre SD

K-12 eLearning Initiatives

Cde ed tech priorities

Data-based Decision Making

Professional Development


CDE Ed Tech Priorities

  • All will be enhanced by the presence of a high quality, reliable and ubiquitous telecommunications network.

Connecting colorado s cities and towns

Connecting Colorado’s Cities and Towns

Kevin Bommer

Technical Services Coordinator

Colorado Municipal League

Colorado municipal league
Colorado Municipal League

  • The Colorado Municipal League has served and supported the state's cities and towns since 1923, representing more than 99 percent of the Colorado municipal population. Located near the State Capitol in downtown Denver, CML is an influential advocate of municipal interests on state and federal issues. The League also is a reliable source of information for elected municipal officials and their staffs.

Opportunity knocking
Opportunity Knocking

  • The MNT brings to municipalities the chance to become a larger part of the state’s economy and to be part of the statewide community

  • Making the connection is just the beginning. Improving the connection, expanding it, and broadening its uses are the ultimate challenges.

Challenges facing municipalities
Challenges Facing Municipalities

  • Many rural municipalities lie outside the service area of the MNT

  • General Assembly failing to fund, even partially, the Colorado Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund (Beanpole)

  • Expensive “last mile” connections may be scarce potentially creating “haves” and “have nots”

  • Who do local governments turn to for help?

Challenges facing municipalities1
Challenges Facing Municipalities

  • Without Beanpole, what are the options to fund connections to the MNT by communities that need it the most and can afford it the least?

The beanpole communities
The Beanpole Communities

Implementation Communities Phase One:

  • Northwest - Routt, Rio Blanco, Moffat Counties

  • Southwest - La Plata, Montezuma, San Juan, Dolores, Archuleta Counties

  • Southeast - Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Prowers

  • Morgan County

    Implementation Communities Phase Two:

  • Summit County

  • Sedgwick County

  • TRECC - Elbert, Lincoln, Town of Limon, S. Washington andrural Adams, Arapahoe and El Paso Counties

    Implementation Communities (Phase One):

  • Yuma County

  • San Miguel County

The beanpole communities continued

Advanced Planning Communities (Phase One):

Garfield County

Pitkin County

Phase Two Planning Communities (Basic & Advanced planning are now combined into one planning grant process):

Fremont County

Custer County

Eagle County

Las Animas County

Clear Creek County

Logan County Telecommunications Project (application pending for planning grant)

The Beanpole Communities - continued

Cml policy perspective
CML Policy Perspective

  • MNT and Beanpole are a package deal

  • Beanpole funding must be restored to the Department of Local Affairs to the greatest extent possible

  • Extra efforts must be made to connect allColorado cities and towns

  • Coordination of all statewide resources and identification of common goals and objectives are essential