December 18, 2020
By Mike Zawacki
Network Nebraska and the Sun Corridor Network have become the latest InCommon eduroam Support Organizations, committed to deploying eduroam to the K12s, libraries, and museums in their states. They join the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN), which piloted the eduroam Support Organization concept with Internet2. Through that pilot, UETN deployed eduroam to thirty-eight K12 schools districts in Utah as well as numerous libraries, museums, and on public transit around the state.
Internet2 created eduroam Support Organizations as a framework for deploying eduroam to K12 schools, libraries, and museums. The Support Organizations promote eduroam among their constituents and work with Internet2 to:
- Onboard new K12, library, and museum constituents in their area
- Provide first level support for constituents
- Participate in collaborative meetings with other program participants. Discuss feedback, requests, and program ideas with the Support Organization community
The value of eduroam increases with every new access point that broadcasts the eduroam SSID and with every new user that can connect to those access points. Placing eduroam in every primary and secondary educational institutions, libraries, and public spaces in a state boosts the value proposition of the service immensely.
Following the successful pilot with UETN, in early November 2020, Internet2 announced a call for proposals for a new group of Support Organizations. After a community review of the submitted proposals, Network Nebraska and Sun Corridor Network were invited to become the newest eduroam Support Organizations.
We look forward to helping these organizations realize their visions of bringing the value of eduroam to the K12, libraries, and museums in their states as well as increasing the benefit of service to existing eduroam subscribers!
See our website for more information about eduroam Support Organizations or if you are interested in piloting eduroam for K12 schools in your area.