Satellite RFA Released
On September 30, 1998, the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office (CCCCO) released an RFA (#98-0211) for building the system-wide California Community Colleges Satellite Network. Applications are to be returned by March 1, 1999.
The California Community Colleges Satellite Network (CCCSAT) is a five-year $8.5 million effort that will integrate with other distance education initiatives that have been funded by the Chancellors Office. It will also interface with similar services and resources in the other segments of public education in California, particularly the California State University system and the K-12 system, as well as with other related public and private resources.
The CCCCO is requesting applications for construction of a CCCSAT Broadcast Center to be operational by June of the year 2000. CCCSAT will serve as the satellite uplink and network control center for the video network serving the community colleges and their educational markets.
This project will fund construction of a satellite uplink facility giving all California community colleges the ability to transmit their courses to every corner of the state and around the world. Additionally, CCCSAT will consist of digital downlinks to each community college.
Procedures and activities for the project:
a) A detailed budget, based upon careful analysis of expenditures for the course of the grant, and an analysis of on-going administrative, equipment, and operational needs,
b) analysis of revenue sources, proposed fee structure and estimate of revenues to be gained,
c) marketing plan targeting the preferred revenue sources,
d) recommendations regarding optimal management of such a distributed system, including possible policies or laws.
A copy of the RFA as well as a list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found at http://www.cccco.edu/ESED/.
Any questions regarding the CCC satellite program should be directed to Charles Mawson at 916-327-5902 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.