cen: About CEN

About Us
Connecticut Education Network (CEN) is part of the State's secure "Nutmeg Network", whose purpose is to deliver reliable, high-speed internet access, data transport, and value added services to its members throughout Connecticut. Established in 2000 to integrate high speed fiber optics networks into institutions of education statewide, CEN is governed by the Commission for Education Technology.

CEN helps deliver on the promise of equality in education by providing access to technology that schools and libraries would not be able to afford on their own. This investment is supported by the State of Connecticut, private schools, non profit organizations and institutions of higher education that are committed to the idea of overall improvement in education and broad support for access to technology. Eligible K-12 and libraries can also take advantage of E-rate funding. CEN is an E-rate service provider, our 498 ID (formerly SPIN) is: 143049066.

In an effort to remove barriers to technology, CEN supports "Open Access" use of the network, which allows any entity to join the network at a fair price. “Open Access” provides greater access for areas of the state from where it has been prohibitively expensive to obtain high-speed internet access, and could include town-to-town sharing of databases and remote access to municipal applications.
CEN is CT’s research and education network and we represent CT at many regional and national meetings and in organizations such as NEREN, Global Noc, Internet2, The Quilt, SHLB and NERCOMP.

CEN's office is located at 55 Farmington Avenue in Hartford.
Vision Statement
There will be a robust, state-of-the-art broadband network providing cost-effective network and open-access services among Connecticut’s educational, library, government, civic, and economic development organizations to facilitate the delivery of essential educational and community services for today and for greater opportunities tomorrow. CEN operates as a connected community to provide fundamental access for people such as students, researchers, faculty and citizens.
  • Lower transport cost to CEN members
  • State supplemented rate structure
  • Access to Internet2
  • Access to value added services above the network
  • Expandable DWDM backbone
  • Ability to support 42 100GB circuits
  • Fault-Tolerant design
  • Multiple Internet service providers
  • Network Monitoring 24/7
Client Testimonials
"CEN is the best. I have been extremely happy being part of your network [from the beginning] and appreciated the excellent support provided when situations called for it."
- Charlie Taylor, IT Manager, Kent Center School, Kent
"The service CEN provides is excellent. Both in network speed/reliability and customer service. You really do provide a great service to the schools and public library. The efforts by the CEN staff are much appreciated. Thank you."
- Rob Wilson, Director of Technology and Information Services, Somers Public Schools
"I just wanted to say a big thank you. We have been with CEN for about five years now and not only has the service been phenomenal, but the prices dropping each and every year has been wonderful as well. If my notes are correct, you have reduced the MB/month rate by more than 50% just over the last year. Nice work and thank you."
- D.J. Plante, Director of Technology, Hopkins School, New Haven
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