From the Director


From the Director: Summer Newsletter 2021

Ryan Kocsondy CEN Director I hope we are all taking a sigh of relief as we put what may be the most challenging academic and calendar years behind us.  It may be hard to describe recent events sometimes, but some of our pandemic go-to phrases may suffice: ‘unprecedented’, ‘transformative’, ‘we’re in this together’, ‘wash your hands’, […]

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2020 Member Conference Canceled

Colleagues, We have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Member Conference scheduled in Hartford on October 6-7.   In light of the continuing challenges and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the unpredictability of travel restrictions, budgetary challenges, and the ongoing health and safety concerns of our membership, the EDAC in conjunction with CEN […]

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Form 471 Deadline Extended to April 29

USAC has extended the E-Rate application filing window for Funding Year 2020 due to potential COVID-19 disruptions, as directed by the Wireline Competition Bureau. The deadline to submit FY 2020 FCC Form 471 applications is now Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 11:59 pm EDT. The situation will continue to be monitored to judge whether additional […]

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iboss Cloud CIPA Compliant Filtering Free for K-12 and Libraries

Member Colleagues,  I am excited to announce the recent addition of iboss cloud CIPA content filter at no cost for K-12 and libraries and at volume pricing for other members. This was also mentioned on the CET_K12_EdTech listserv last week (3/12) in support of 1:1 initiatives and preparations surrounding COVID-19 related closures and online learning.   The addition of iboss cloud to the portfolio will update the availability […]

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CEN Member Assistance During COVID-19 Crisis

CEN Member Assistance During COVID-19 Crisis Member Colleagues,    CEN has been working to understand the implications of the COVID-19 crisis and its effect on IT responsibilities for business continuity, remote telework, and distance learning.  To that end, we want to ensure all IT leaders are aware of the following programmatic initiatives to help our members […]

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Four Steps Towards E-Rate Connectivity and Competition

A quarter-century ago, the idea of “educational technology” popularized the notion that children would benefit if computers in schools and libraries were connected to the internet. In 1996, Congress created the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program, which provides discounts to libraries and K-12 schools to make broadband internet access more affordable […] [Read More]

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CEN Statement on COVID-19

CEN Statement on COVID-19  2020-03-09     CEN is closely monitoring the COVID-19 Coronavirus and has worked to ensure business continuity in the event access to our main office and/or POP sites becomes restricted.  We have contingency plans in place to maintain operations and provide the level of support expected by the CEN community, without risking […]

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Scholarships Support Diversity and Inclusion in Information Technology at 2019 Internet2 Global Summit

Internet2 announced today seven recipients of scholarships aimed at increasing the meaningful participation of underrepresented information technology professionals, from both the national and global research and education communities, ahead of its annual meeting, the Internet2 Global Summit event, taking place in Washington, D.C. from March 5-8. The scholarship recipients are: Rachael Collard, publicity and marketing […]

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Ryan Kocsondy

CEN Director