Why has the ICN moved to being an E-rate Internet Service Provider?
Over the past 12 years, the ICN has applied for E-rate reimbursements for a portion of our state-wide backbone leased circuit cost. Once we complete the migration of the ICN backbone to a state owned fiber infrastructure in summer 2013, the portion of the network which would be E-rate eligible will be minimal. And since many of our constituents require bandwidth at a level over what the allocation may provide, we felt it was in the best interest of the state to register as an Internet Service Provider which will allow our K12 and Library constituents to receive E-rate reimbursement for any bandwidth purchased from the ICN.
What is the ICN SPIN Number?
Our SPIN Number is 143028319
Does an organization or site need to participate in the E-rate program to be eligible for allocation credits to secure bandwidth from the ICN?
No. The ICN Allocation Credit model which replaces the cost recovery model beginning July 1, 2013 is not related to or dependant on E-rate participation. Many of our Libraries, for example, do not participate in the E-rate program, but will still receive allocation credits from the ICN for bandwidth.
What is the process ICN will use when responding to Form 470s?
The Regional Technology Center staff will monitor the USAC website for Form 470 postings and send bandwidth quotes for those postings with requests within our service offering.
What service requests will ICN be responding to?
Our responses will be for Internet Service only. With few exceptions, the ICN does not provide last mile service. Sites connecting to the ICN will be responsible to secure their own transport service such as a T1 circuit, MetroEthernet or other service. Our responses will list the published bandwidth pricing effective beginning July 1, 2013 and available on our web site at this link - http://www.illinois.net/services/Services-rate.htm.
How is the ICN different than other Internet Service Providers?
The ICN has built a high speed network designed to provide high quality broadband and Internet service to our constituents regardless of where they are located in the state. We are guided by the fact that our schools and libraries, as well as our other constituents, deserve and require a network that is able to deliver the guaranteed synchronous bandwidth necessary for the types of educational and critical business applications being used today and is ready for the next generation applications of tomorrow. The ICN provides a state Intranet connecting schools and libraries to each other, to research and content providers, and to Internet2. The ICN is fully redundant in both the backbone and Internet egress and all brought to you by a skilled staff dedicated to serving the education community with a wide range of consultation and technical support services, most of which are available at no cost.