Utah Education and Telehealth Network unveils broadband operations center

The Utah Education and Telehealth Network, a program established by the Utah State Legislature in the 1990s, held a ribbon-cutting for its remodeled broadband network operations center Nov. 9.

The Utah Education and Telehealth Network comprises a statewide broadband network, three public television channels and provides resources for distance learning and telehealth. It supplies 1,500-plus hospitals, clinics, schools and libraries in the state with network, applications and support services.

The broadband network operations center — which adds real-time network visualization and monitoring tools to improve the program's ability to provide educational and telehealth services — is headquartered at the Eccles Broadcast Center at the Salt Lake City-based University of Utah.

"The operations center technicians and engineers manage everything from slowdowns and connectivity interruptions to security threats in order to keep Utahns' libraries, public and higher education institutions, technical schools and hospitals seamlessly connected," said James Stewart, chief technology officer of the Utah Education and Telehealth Network.

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