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NEW! UPDATED GRANT FORMS AND GUIDELINES!!!

Please note that OPM has updated the Nutmeg Network grant form (Notice of Intent) to a very simple, one page form.  We are recommending that municipalities submit their grant request individually.  This will give you the best opportunity to be funded through either Regional Peformance Incentive funds or the Municipal Reimbursement and Revenue Account.

The following are key dates to be aware of in the funding cycle:

December 31, 2013: Send in OPM Notice of Intent

Febuary 15, 2014: Documentation due to OPM (CEN Desktop Estimate and other costs for hardware and access fees)

March 31, 2014: Local resolution due to OPM

Please go to the OPM website and review the further clarification of guidelines and download the Notice of Intent form: http://www.ct.gov/opm/cwp/view.asp?a=2985&q=487924#NEW

Key changes include:

OPM has determined that they will focus on initial connections in this grant round.  Please note that ongoing costs for access fees are restricted to ONE YEAR in this grant round.  Future years will allow you to apply to cover the capital and operating costs for network build out.  If you want to build out your network in the short-term, you can use LoCIP, Town-Aid-Road or STEAP.

If you miss the 12/31/13 deadline, do not despair!  You can still submit paperwork, but will be moved to the next grant round (timing TBD).

PLEASE NOTE: You must still take the inital step of going to the CEN website and filling out the Connection Request form.  Go to: http://nutmegnetwork.uconn.edu/request/.

 

Please contact Jennifer March-Wackers (jwackers@crcog.org) with any questions or to arrange a briefing.

Summary of Broadband Briefing October 16, 2013

CRCOG, CCM and COST hosted a briefing on October 16, 2013 to educate municpalities about connecting to the CEN broadband fiber network.  The benefits of the network and grants for connections and operating costs were all discussed.  CRCOG detailed opportunities for cross-boundary collaboration and service sharing that will be created by the network.  In addition, CEN outlined the process by which municipalities can get started on connecting to the network.

CEN/Nutmeg Network is currently accepting applications to connect to their broadband fiber network. CEN is required by legislation to connect all 169 municipalities to the public broadband fiber network over the next two years. This will be done on a “first come, first served” basis. Grant funding is available through OPM to pay for connection costs and ongoing connection fees.

We encourage you to apply NOW to get into the queue of interested towns. Submitting an application does not tie you to service, but gets moving a process of estimating connection and access costs. Those estimated costs are key to getting grant support!

A big thanks to the Town of Rocky Hill for providing the space for this meeting.

Materials from the Briefing:

Link to CEN access request form

Link to OPM Nutmeg Network grant application form*

*Unless your COG is applying on your behalf, please use the Nutmeg Network form to apply for a connection cost and access fee grant.

 

Sponsored by:
The Capitol Region Council of Governments
Connecticut Council of Small Towns
Connecticut Conference of Municipalities

Please contact Jennifer March-Wackers (jwackers@crcog.org) with any questions or to arrange a briefing for your group.

NUTMEG NETWORK / CEN

SIGN UP TODAY!!!  CEN Broadband Fiber Network Now Available to Municipalities

The Connecticut Education Network (CEN) is currently accepting applications to connect to their broadband fiber network. Also referred to as “the Nutmeg Network,” CEN is required by legislation to connect all 169 municipalities to the public broadband fiber network over the next two years. This will be done a “first come, first served” basis. Grant funding is available to pay for connection costs and ongoing connection fees. To apply to connect, go to http://nutmegnetwork.uconn.edu/request/.

We encourage you to apply NOW to get into the queue of interested towns. Submitting an application does not tie you to service, but gets moving a process of estimating connection and access costs. Those cost estimates are key to CRCOG submitting applications to OPM to receive grant funding to pay for your connection and access costs.

WHY SHOULD YOUR TOWN CONNECT?
This is more than fast internet (though it will be much, much faster). CRCOG has many offerings planned for delivery through the broadband network’s municipal intranet, but there are benefits your town can see from the moment you plug in!

The CEN broadband fiber network offers immediate benefits to municipal government through:

  • Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity
  • Video Teleconferencing
  • Web Content Filtering, Domain Name Services, Enhanced DNS Firewall and Network Performance Monitoring
  • Redundant Internet Connection (CEN connects to multiple providers)
  • Virtual Private Network between towns and COGs

HOW TO APPLY TO CONNECT
Information you will need:

  • Contact information for the town
  • Desired bandwidth (10 Mbps is the minimum*)
  • Number of connections and the location** (If the town has an existing municipal area network, please indicate that in the comments)
  • Contact information of town’s technical representative (local IT staff or other responsible for IT issues)

For more information, CRCOG has assembled an information flyer about benefits of the network as well as the rate sheet published by CEN.

Please contact Jennifer March-Wackers (jwackers@crcog.org) with any questions.

 


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