Presentation Slides - Wilfred Bussey

The Role of Nlnet and STEM~Net in Distance Education

Information Highway Major Goals

NLnet Regional Growth

1990: St. John's
1992: Clarenville
1993: Grand-Falls, Corner Brook, Stephenville, Labrador City
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 provider.

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

Mid-1992: 40
Mid-1993: 100
Mid-1994: 350
Mid-1995: 1000

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:


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.

Accounts Issued:

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

STEM~Net Partnerships

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




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 market maker.

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 highway.