Building the “Network of Networks”

by NetTN | Jul 05, 2017

TNII – Tennessee Information Infrastructure to NetTN and Beyond

In 1994, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, under Commissioner Richard M. Riebeling, developed a Planning Proposal to the Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program which would deliver social services to all the State’s citizens by leveraging assets within the current telecommunications infrastructure. The detailed plans would eventually become a five - to seven- year strategy. Read More...

In 1996, a grant from the Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP) and matching support from multiple State agencies and University systems detailed plans were formed to deliver the network of networks infrastructure to the State of Tennessee citizens. The result was a $750,000 planning project funded with $375,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce (of which TIIAP is a part) and an equal Tennessee contribution of in-kind and cash matching. Read More...

In 2007, the State of Tennessee issued an RFP to secure outsourced private wide-area-network including managed and non-managed services. In 2008, AT&T was awarded a 10-year contract and NetTN was born. The NetTN vision was to provide a robust unified network infrastructure that leverages the buying power of all government stakeholders to drive down the cost of technology and help drive the deployment of broadband to all urban and rural Tennessee communities.

In 2017, the State of Tennessee signed a sole source contract with AT&T to recast existing NetTN rates, extend the contract term and provide universal pricing statewide – urban and rural for managed services. NetTN 2.0 will promote economic development by leveraging local providers, enabling advanced services to underserved communities and secure flat rate pricing for managed services regardless of LEC franchise boundaries. NetTN…The Options are Endless!