State education net revs up
- By Brian Robinson
- May 02, 2001
San Luis Obispo County is the first county in California to hook up all
of its K-12 schools to the high-speed Digital California Project education
network. All schools in California's 58 counties should be tied into the
DCP by the end of this year.
The maximum speed of the DCP backbone, which runs over the current copper-based
telecommunications infrastructure, is 2.5 gigabits/sec. Plans to go to a
fiber network in a year or so will allow for even higher speeds.
Schools connected to the DCP also have an automatic connection to the
Next Generation Internet (Internet2), the ultra high-speed backbone network
that directly connects universities and research organizations in the United
States and around the world.
By connecting to the DCP, students will be able to employ multimedia
applications using video, audio and text elements in ways they simply cannot
via the commercial Internet, said a spokeswoman for the nonprofit Corporation
for Education Network Initiatives in California (www.cenic.org). CENIC was formed by the California Institute of Technology,
California State University, Stanford University, the University of California
and the University of Southern California to coordinate the deployment and
development of advanced network services. The DCP is CENIC's second project.
The network also will provide services to schools that are deficient
in certain areas. For example, the University of California is looking to
put all of its Advanced Placement courses online, the CENIC spokeswoman
said, "so that will be really good for those schools that are without [resources
such as] calculus or physics teachers."
A Web portal is expected to be available in the fall that will enable
teachers to see what education content is available via the DCP that they
can use in their lessons.
Robinson is a freelance journalist based in Portland, Ore. He can be reached
Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.