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State Funding Allocation Model

The State of Illinois historically provides funding to the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) for the specific purpose of lowering the cost for broadband services for K12 schools, colleges, universities, community colleges, libraries and museums. Traditionally the funding is distributed through allocations of bandwidth (i.e. baseline bandwidth). As a result of the state and federal grant funding to upgrade the Illinois Century Network (ICN) to state-owned fiber optics, new services and lower rates will be implemented effective July 1, 2013 when the new network is fully operational. At the same time, CMS will implement a new model for allocating the annual state educational broadband funding.

Who is eligible for the educational broadband funding?

Primary constituents are:

Education – All K12, College and Universities and Community Colleges recognized as not for profit organizations by Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Board Higher Education

Libraries – Public and private libraries recognized as such by the Illinois State Library

Museums – organizations recognized as museums by the Illinois State Museum

How is the funding calculated for eligible entities?

Based on the actual amount of state funding appropriated for the fiscal year, CMS will calculate a per student credit for educational entities (K12 and higher education), per population served credit for public libraries, and per campus credit for museums. The credit can be used to purchase bandwidth using the ICN’s published rates.

For education, credits per organization are based on student enrollment (K12) and FTE (Higher Ed) as reported by the respective state educational coordinating board. For public libraries credits are based on population served as reported by the Illinois State Library. For museums credits are equal per organization/campus.

Credits will be provided to organizations rather than individual sites within an organization. For example, a school district of 10 schools would receive a total credit to the district and not to the 10 individual schools. This allows the organization to determine how to use credits for their sites knowing their own needs.

The credit will be adjusted annually based on actual state funding. If the state funding is reduced, for example, the credit level provided to organizations will be adjusted accordingly.

In order to address the large disparity between the low and high enrollments or populations, there is a minimum and maximum credit per organization. The minimum and maximum credit amount will be adjusted annually based on changes to the state funding levels.

What are the credit levels for Fiscal Year 2014?

Based on current state funding levels, following are the credits for each constituent group. The actual FY14 credit levels will not be finalized until the State’s FY14 budget is finalized.

Constituent Group Credit for FY14 Minimum Maximum
Education $1.96/FTE Student $3,564 $12,000
Libraries $0.09/Population Served $2,016 $9,660
Museums $2,520/Campus $2,520 $2,520

Non-enrollment educational organizations, public library systems, private and academic libraries, and other similar organizations which qualify as primary constituents will receive a minimum credit. Based on current funding levels the credit will be $1,680 per site. Examples include Regional Offices of Education and University of Illinois Extension Offices.

Credit rates are calculated once per year and allocated on an annual basis. Credits are not transferable between organizations and cannot be carried over from year-to-year.

The new funding allocation model replaces all existing agreements. ICN Regional Technology Center staff will work with existing customers to execute new agreements prior to July 1, 2013. All current bandwidth agreements, baselines and credits are voided at that time.

Credits are only valid for bandwidth and related port fees.

How are credits and bandwidth managed for eligible sites that connect to ICN through an aggregate or shared connection?

ICN will accept aggregate and shared Layer 2 connections serving multiple constituent sites.

Where the ICN manages individual interfaces (or sub interfaces) of a shared connection, credits will be allocated to each interface according to policy. Any non-primary constituents sharing this connection may purchase bandwidth from the ICN.

Where the ICN does not manage individual interfaces (or sub interfaces) of a shared connection, credits will only be allocated to the primary organization responsible for the connection. As an example, where a school district connects directly to the ICN but provides indirect connectivity for other primary (or non-primary) organizations, credits will only be provided to the directly connected organization according to policy. ICN encourages shared networks to configure aggregate connections so that ICN may manage each organization's connection individually. ICN RTC staff will provide help in developing these designs.

Networks peering with the ICN are not eligible for allocation credits.

Primary constituents who are members of, or served by, other networks and reach the ICN by normal routing do not receive allocation credits.

Find your RTC office by visiting our web page at http://www.illinois.net/rtc/default.htm.

What resources are available to help an organization with questions and planning?

The ICN RTC staff is available and ready to help in every aspect of this new policy and provide a wide range of consultation services. Our primary goal as we migrate to this new network and allocation model is ensuring our valued constituents have all the information and help they need to make this an easy transition and that everyone realizes a significant benefit as we move forward together.

 

 


 

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