The Illinois Century Network offers network services in response to constituent
requirements. The following services are available currently or are in
development. Please contact your RTC for additional information or to
sign up for any of the services listed below.
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The Illinois Century Network offers colocation services in Schaumburg and Champaign.
A centralized content filtering service is available that meets the
requirements for E-rate compliance.
Content Filtering Information
The ICN provides a low-cost IP Video (H.323) service including ISDN
gateways and multi-point conferencing service.
Video Information and Pricing
The ICN offers antivirus pricing for Panda and Symantec software.
Conveniently located Regional Technology Centers (RTC) assist in the
planning, installation, and upgrades needed for connection to the Illinois
Domain Name System (DNS) Hosting
RTCs provide primary and/or secondary DNS hosting for additional domains at no extra cost to your organization. You may call or email your RTC office with DNS requests. For sites served by RTC1, 2, 3 and 4, you may email your request to the Chicago area DNS team at CMS.BCCS.ICN.MSA1Hostmaster@illinois.gov.
For emergency DNS service after normal business hour, on weekends and on holidays, please contact the Communications Management Center (CMC) at CMS.BCCS.ICN.CMC@illinois.gov or 800.366.8768 Option 2.
ICN DNS currently does not support DNSSEC. Engineering staff are currently evaluating adoption based on the root server adoption rate and the maturity of the technology in the Internet at large. If adopted, the upgrades and testing process required could allow for ICN adoption in FY’12.
All constituents are eligible for discounts on Cisco equipment and
services through an ICN contract with SBC. Discounts are also available
for all constituents on access circuits.
pricing and details
Internet/ Intranet Connectivity
The ICN provides robust Internet and Intranet connectivity to Illinois
schools, institutions of higher education, libraries, museums, research
institutions, State agencies, units of government and other local entities
that provide services to Illinois citizens.
For more information on connecting to the ICN and applications, visit
the Connect section of the ICN
web site. In addition, the Cost
Recovery section provides details regarding the costs associated
with connecting to the network.
ICN primary constituents have access to the Internet2
Abilene Research Network. The goal of Internet2 is to bring member
institutions together to collaborate on new technologies for advancing
education-networking tools, applications, middleware and content. Internet2 also allows customers to reach the world via IPv6 addresses.
The ICN backbone is currently IPv6 enabled. Customers should work with RTC staff in the same manner as they do for IPv4 addresses.
Information and FAQ
Regional Technology Center staff can assist your organization in obtaining
IP addresses at the time of initial connection as well as procuring
additional addresses as needed in the future. Customers should work with RTC staff in the same manner as they do for IPv4 addresses.
Using various monitoring and analysis tools, Regional Technology Centers
can assist directly connected sites in tracking bandwidth utilization,
circuit status, and other information that can be valuable as a troubleshooting
tool or for developing technology plans.
This service allows ICN constituents to receive IP multicast traffic
in a size that fits within the constituents' available bandwidth allocation
both within and outside the ICN.
IPTV software download (ZIP File)
Quality of Service (QoS)
IP Quality of Service (QoS) allows constituents to use the ICN for
delay sensitive applications such as IP video services.
Support is available 24/7/365 for connections. The Support
section on this site gives additional information and contact numbers
if technical difficulties arise.
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