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Users Satisfied with FIRN2; Options Exist for Future Services to Educational Entities, Report No. 06-36, April 2006
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  • The Florida Information Resource Network (FIRN) was created in the early 1980s to electronically link the state's public education entities to computing resources.  Over the years, its services have expanded from providing a means to transmit administrative and student information to providing electronic mail and Internet connections.  To meet growing demands, the State Technology Office, on behalf of the Florida Department of Education, contracted with Hayes E-Government Resources to provide educational network services under an arrangement known as FIRN2.
  • Educational entities are generally satisfied with FIRN2 services.  However, the demand for bandwidth provided by FIRN2 is increasing as schools expand computer use and adopt new technologies.  As a result, future costs for FIRN2 services are expected to increase.
  • The department should develop a strategic plan for addressing the increasing demand for services, and the Legislature may wish to consider several options for providing educational entities with services currently provided through the FIRN2 system.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Library and Information Services
Virtual Education
Instructional Materials

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 09-31 Education Data Warehouse Serves Important Function; Project Planning and Management Need Strengthening,published in July 2009.
  • Report No. 09-23 Strategic Plan Developed to Enhance FIRN2 Services; Contract Awarded to New Provider, published in April 2009.

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