OCAN Media Conference Advisory


For Immediate Release: July 16, 2013

Media Contact: April Goode
Office: 405-225-9251
Cell: 405-602-9259

Oklahoma Community Anchor Network Media Conference
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.


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