OneNet is Oklahoma’s research and education network and the only statewide internet service provider, connecting our customers to each other and the world beyond. We serve universities, colleges, CareerTechs, K-12 schools, libraries, health care facilities, research institutions, and nonprofit organizations, in addition to local, state, tribal and federal governments.
OneNet’s mission is to advance technology across Oklahoma. We seek innovative solutions through unique partnerships to provide affordable, high-speed broadband options to those we serve.
Who is OneNet?
OneNet is a division of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. As Oklahoma’s internet service provider, we are focused on improving broadband availability and reducing costs for broadband and technology resources. We also operate the Oklahoma Community Anchor Network (OCAN), a network comprised of 35 counties, designed to reach to rural Oklahoma communities. Learn how OneNet provides critical services to communities throughout the state in our #YouUseOneNet video.
How did OneNet start?
In the early 90s, legislators identified the need for a statewide network to connect Oklahoma’s rural schools. OneNet was created as a research and education network to replace the State Regents’ Educational Telecommunications Network (ETN), which delivered distance learning courses to students. OneNet’s network equipment was housed on the higher education campuses across the state, enabling us to deliver services to rural communities. OneNet became fully operational in 1996. We are still governed by the State Regents today and continue to operate interdependently with the higher education system. Learn how OneNet partners with Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences to advance telemedicine initiatives across the state in this video.
Who does OneNet serve in your district?
OneNet serves all 77 counties throughout our state. We serve vital community anchor institutions in each of these counties. Use our legislative map to learn which types of organizations OneNet serves in your district.
How does OneNet partner with the private sector?
OneNet partners with more than 30 telecommunications and cable providers to deliver our services to customers. OneNet is a middle-mile provider, meaning we connect communities across the state. We depend on our partners for last-mile connections, which take our services from our network to the customer’s building. These last-mile partnerships maximize public-owned infrastructure and are vital to reaching communities in every corner of the state.
Why is OneNet good for Oklahoma?
A key component of OneNet’s mission is to provide high-speed connectivity for research and scientific discovery. OneNet has helped Oklahoma scientists and researchers garner $46 million in grants since 2009. Learn more about how OneNet advances research at the National Weather Center by watching a highlight video.
We have expanded broadband availability in several ways.
- Through OCAN and our public-private partnerships, we have expanded broadband availability throughout Oklahoma’s rural areas.
- Our 100Gbps research network positions the state’s research institutions to participate in world-class research programs, locally and internationally.
- We also provide Oklahoma’s connection to Internet2, a nationwide 100Gbps network that supports research and education initiatives.
As part of a state agency, OneNet seeks solutions that offer more affordable broadband options and pass those savings on to those we serve. Over the last few years, we have also partnered with other state agencies to optimize their networks, saving tax payers approximately $6.3 million annually.
Who can I contact to learn more about OneNet?
For more information on OneNet, contact:
OneNet Executive Director and Oklahoma Higher Education CIO
firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-225-9409