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Projects & Programs

As defined in CEN’s mission and vision, CEN utilizes its technical and human networks to expand and accelerate outcomes related to Connecticut’s digital learning, research, and economic development goals and initiatives. Operationally, the CEN team coordinates with our member organizations and advisory councils to continually identify and execute projects with significant impact. Projects outlined here represent the current priorities. Click on any project to learn more. 

Active Projects

Fiber to the Library | Internal Connections (FTTL-IC)

The CT State Library is partnering with CEN and Novus Insight to improve internal network connections for Connecticut’s Primary Libraries supporting digital access and inclusion.

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Everybody Learns WiFi Initiative: Program End

CEN is helping Governor Lamont bridge the digital divide by bringing free outdoor public Wi-Fi to eligible towns and locations across the state as part of the $43.5 Million ‘Everybody Learns’ Initiative.

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DNS Firewall


DNS Firewall is a network security solution that prevents network users and systems from connecting to known malicious Internet locations.

 

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Hub Site Upgrades

Replace and update the distribution layer devices on the network. More dense hub sites will receive new devices capable of 100/400 Gig. Less dense sites will receive new devices capable of Nx100 Gig.

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ARPA-Broadband Infrastructure Program

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) resulted in a planned investment of more than 6 billion dollars in Connecticut over the next three years. Governor Lamont’s Plan defines five key areas of investment with a focus on equity. These areas of investment include state wide infrastructure, access to high speed internet, education and health care programs, and economic development. CEN will play a significant role in meeting the Governor’s objectives by executing five programs totaling over 70 million dollars.

CEN Next Gen Infrastructure

The comprehensive upgrade of the CEN network bringing unparalleled capacity, speed, security, and resilience

Community Wireless Phase 2

Apply for grant funds to expand community WiFi throughout CT Communities

Municipality Fiber Internet Connectivity Program

Sign up for Premium Internet and subsidized fiber builds for CT municipalities and COGS not already directly connected to CEN

Library Fiber Internet Connectivity Program

Sign up for Premium Internet and subsidized fiber builds for CT Libraries not already directly connected to CEN

Charter School Fiber Internet Connectivity Program

Sign up for Premium Internet and subsidized fiber builds for CT Charter Schools not already directly connected to CEN

Completed Projects

DDoS Fast-Flood Enhancement

Fast-Flood detection reduces the time for Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) detection and mitigation. The service also provides alerts when attacks start and a summary report when the attack is over. 

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Everybody Learns WiFi Initiative

CEN is helping Governor Lamont bridge the digital divide by bringing free outdoor public Wi-Fi to eligible towns and locations across the state as part of the $43.5 Million ‘Everybody Learns’ Initiative.

Learn More