Policies Related to Connection to the CalREN Network via the K12HSN
- Eligible K-12 public education institutions include public school districts, county offices of education (COE’s), and the schools that they operate, including Charter Schools that are recognized by the California Department of Education.
- Not-for-profit educational institutions serving six (6) or more students that have registered a "Private School Affidavit" with the California Department of Education, and thereby secured a County-District-School (CDS) Code, shall be eligible to connect to the CalREN Network via a K-12 Node Site. Fees charged to qualifying institutions shall represent a full recovery of costs for services provided by the Node Site, the K12HSN or the CalREN Network including any lost CTF or E-rate discount revenues.
- Other participating CENIC segment sites may connect to K-12 Node Sites provided that any incremental costs or lost CTF and E-rate discount revenues are reimbursed to K12HSN and that such connection is advantageous to the design of the Network.
- Other sites locally determined to provide a direct educational benefit to K-12 may be eligible provided such connection is advantageous to the design of the Network, it is mutually cost-effective for the connecting site and the K12HSN and/or Node Site, and/or provided that any lost CTF and E-rate discount revenues and other incremental costs associated with their connection are reimbursed to the K12HSN. However, no commercial entities may be connected under any conditions, as described below. Any other CENIC or operational fees may also be required as reimbursements to CENIC. Any such requests for connection to the Network will be submitted to the K12HSN for review and approval in consultation with CENIC.
- All entities qualifying for CalREN Network connectivity under this policy shall be subject to applicable K12HSN and CENIC policies such as acceptable use policies, Internet filtering and screening policies, and policies requiring approved technology plans for all participants. Fees charged to these non-public, non-profit agencies, organizations and institutions for services described herein shall cover the costs incurred by K12HSN, CENIC or the respective K-12 Node Site to provide them said connection to the CalREN Network.
- County Offices of Education and School Districts shall not extend network services via the CalREN Network to for-profit agencies, organizations and institutions, regardless of any previous arrangements that may have existed between them.
Policy for Alternate Network Connections
Connections to the California Research and Education Network (CalREN) are facilitated through K12HSN Node Sites in each of the 58 counties throughout California. Node Sites are provided the necessary equipment and circuit capacity to serve districts in the respective Node Service Area.
Each Node Site is administered by a lead agency, most commonly a county office of education, who serves as a Node Site pursuant to the K12HSN Node Site Agreement. This agreement stipulates the roles and responsibilities of both the Node Site and the K12HSN program.
A “Standard Connection” to a Node Site is one in which the local Node Site and districts in its service area define roles and manage and implement connectivity using local resources according to locally-defined cost-sharing agreements. These connections terminate on local Node Site equipment and are managed independently of the K12HSN/CalREN systems.
An “Alternate Connection” is defined as a network connection that terminates on the CalREN equipment located at the Node Site. This connection is independent of the local Node Site resources and is managed and operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) under contract with the K12HSN.
Both a standard connection and an alternate connection result in the connected district being physically “on the network.” However, the standard connection permits local sharing of resources and provision of services that are often beneficial to districts as they connect.
Node Site Agreement
The node site agreement provides the terms and conditions regarding a site serving as a K12HSN node site. This Memorandum of Understanding between the K12HSN/Imperial County Office of Education and the 73 node sites that serve K-12 schools and districts throughout the State establish the expectations held for each other.