Media Contact: April Goode
Federal Grant Brings High-Speed Broadband to Rural Oklahoma
What: Media conference with photo, video and news opportunity as project partners announce the completion of the Oklahoma Community Anchor Network (OCAN). OCAN is a partnership among the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. OCAN is the result of a $74 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. OCAN is designed to offer high-speed broadband services to rural and underserved Oklahoma.
When: 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 23
Where: Oklahoma State Capitol Blue Room, 2nd floor
Who: Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Chief Information Officer Alex Pettit, Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley, OneNet Executive Director Von Royal, NTIA Federal Program Officer Jean Rice
Why: OCAN’s expanded broadband network encompasses 1,005 miles, reaching 35 Oklahoma counties. The network connects 33 community anchor institutions, including state colleges, universities, hospitals and local libraries, to the state's existing networks. High-speed networks are critical to removing barriers for Oklahoma’s educational institutions, governments and rural communities, making OCAN an essential component for growth and innovation across the state.