BEST: CT Recovery


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On September 13, 2010, the Bureau of Enterprise Systems and Technology (BEST) received approval of its application for federal stimulus funding to expand state broadband access and network capacity.
The application, created and submitted in partnership with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Connecticut Education Network (CEN), will enable the State to enhance network connections between schools and libraries to the high speed Connecticut Education Network (CEN) and improve public safety communications capability across the state.
Accountability Officer
Mark Raymond
Chief Information Officer
Bureau of Enterprise Systems and Technology
55 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 622-2419

More than 80 letters of support from schools, libraries and other institutions were received in support of this initiative. BEST thanks state leaders for their leadership and commitment, and agency partners, community institutions and other organizations for their support and hard work for this successful effort. 

Project Summary
Contract Information 
Master Agreement B-00-021 (PDF) will be used for completion of the fiber-build out.
Contract Award 06ITZ0034 (PDF) will be used to secure required communications equipment
Public Announcements/Statements 
September 13, 2010
"This $93.9 million grant, with an additional $23.5 million in matching contributions, will allow the Connecticut Department of Information Technology to deploy over 5,500 miles of fiber network to upgrade and expand existing broadband infrastructure and improve the state’s public safety and educational services." 
"As a result of this stimulus grant, the state can now expand that network to more than 500 additional public safety locations, advancing enhanced 9-1-1 capabilities and allowing for greater sharing of emergency information."      
"This project will deliver 100 megabits per second fiber service to many community anchor institutions in Connecticut that currently lack this level of connectivity as well the redundancy necessary to ensure uninterrupted broadband access, including Connecticut’s K-12 school districts, colleges and universities, public libraries and public computing centers."
Reports and other Project Documentation
Additional project documentation and reports are currently available for viewing and download from the BroadbandUSA website at the following URL:
All projects awarded ARRA funding will be posted.
Recovery Site Links
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