Presentation Slides - Wilfred Bussey
The Role of Nlnet and STEM~Net in Distance Education
Information Highway Major Goals
- Universality of Access
- Capacity for Applications
- Reliability of Systems
- Affordable to all
NLnet Regional Growth
1990: St. John's
1993: Grand-Falls, Corner Brook, Stephenville, Labrador
1994: Marystown, Gander
1995: Carbonear, Lewisporte, Port-aux-Basques, Goose-Bay
Placentia, Bonavista, Springdale, St. Anthony, Bay Roberts,
Grand Bank, Baie Verte, Deer Lake
NLnet is the Province's first and most extensive Internet
NLnet & The Nineteen Economic Zones
Economic Zones Served by NLnet
Labrador: 2, 3
Island: 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Economic Zones Not Served by NLnet
Labrador: 1, 4, 5
Island: 7, 13
NLnet Individual Dial-Up Growth
Benefits of NLnet Growth
NLnet has an operating and capital budget of about one
million dollars this year. There have been (and will continue
to be) many economic benefits from its direct actities and the
organizations it services, including:
- Internet-Activity Employees ( > 25 & growing)
- Computers Purchased/Maintained ( >1000 & growing)
- Research and Development ( ~ $1 M & growing)
Mission: To be a high-quality computer network for educators
and school classes in Newfoundland and Labrador, and to support
relevant teaching, learning, curriculum and professional development
activities. STEM~Net is funded by HRD Agreement.
October 1993 300
March 1994 3000
October 1994 5500
March 1995 8500 out of 10K educators.
Lead Teachers Trained: > 600
Logins per day (typically): > 4000
School Boards: Share costs of STEM~Net computers and
teacher training; accounts for professional and support staff.
Rural Public Colleges: Same as for School Boards
Memorial University: Training & support for Education
Faculty & Students; Support distance education pilots.
Cable Atlantic: STELLAR Schools Project
Newfoundland Tel: Rural Access Project
Public Libraries: Community Access Pilot Project
NLnet: Affordable access to schools, colleges & users;
Expansion of NLnet from 2 regions to 20 regions
- Virtual Local Access Everywhere
- Orders of Magnitude Increase in Capacity
- >Industry Standard
- Accuracy / Availability / Performance
- Orders Of Magnitude Reduction In Pricing
- Distance Insensitive Pricing
- Based on Level of Service
- Metropolitan (ATM) and Remote Rural (28.8 kbps, non- compressed)
Levels of Service
- Service Levels Dynamically Evolving
- Metropolitan Level of Service at Diffusion Points in Economic
- Hospitals/Schools/Libraries/ Colleges/Tele-Centres
- Metropolitan Level of Service on an Enterprise Basis
Provincial Public Policy for Information Highway is fragmented.
Ubiquitous, cell oriented, high speed backbone network is
mission critical A.S.A.P.
Public Sector is an information highway innovator and creative
Public-private partnerships are possible and desirable.
Competition is good, but fragmentation is bad.
Information Highway should be given at least the same emphasis
as in New Brunswick.
There should be a forceful and definitive policy on the information