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UETN's History

The idea of a statewide education network started in 1956 with a research proposal on educational use of closed circuit TV. When KUED signed on the air in 1958, the collaboration of higher education and public education provided a foundation for UEN. By 1978 microwave technology made analog video conferencing possible. The Utah Legislature formally established UEN as the statewide delivery system for education in Utah in 1989. As a broadband fiber optic technology has replaced microwave, UEN now connects all Utah school districts, schools and higher education institutions and is one of the nation's premier education networks.


  • 1956
    $100,000 grant awarded to U of U to explore education use of closed circuit TV. The grant helps fund the establishment of the KUED.
  • 1958
    KUED-TV (Utah Educational TV) signs on the air.
  • 1961
    KUER-FM (Utah Educational Radio) signs on the air.
  • 1978
    SETOC (State Educational Telecom Operations Center) established.
  • 1983
    EDNET analog system for interactive video conferencing established.
  • 1986
    KULC-TV (Utah’s Learning Channel) signs on the air.
  • 1989
    SETOC becomes the Utah Education Network (UEN).
  • 1992
    Utah Instructional Television Guide starts as 245-page document.
  • 1993
    UEN, KULC, EDNET and KUER move into the new Eccles Broadcast Center (EBC).
  • 1994
    UtahLINK established as UEN’s data network and teacher training entity.
  • 1997
    Statewide Pioneer Online Library established. First online lesson plan posted on UtahLINK.
  • 2000
    my.uen portal for educators established.
  • 2001
    EBC remodeled and expanded from 60,000 to 100,000 square feet.
  • 2002
    UEN 2002 Salt Lake Olympics education site established.
  • 2003
    Qwest (formerly US West, now CenturyLink) donates $4,000,000 of CVDS equipment to make GEOMAX upgrade possible.
  • 2004
    Phase 1 of GEOMAX project started to establish UEN's 1-Gbps Ethernet backbone to span the state from Logan to St. George.

    KULC-TV changes call letters to KUEN-TV and is branded as UEN-TV.

  • 2005
    Phase 2 of Geomax Project adds 155 additional sites.
  • 2006
    Phase 3 of Geomax Project adds 85 more sites.

    Utah Digital TV consortium is formed with KUEN, KUED and KBYU along with Utah commercial TV stations.

  • 2007
    Utah legislators appropriate $650,000 to provide Learning Management System (LMS) for higher education.

    All former satellite receive sites are converted to fiber-optic or microwave.

  • 2008
    KUED and KUEN convert to digital broadcasting.

    Plans are approved to increase portions of the 1-Gbps backbone to 10-Gbps.

  • 2009
    UEN applies for $13 million grant from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. (BTOP).

    10-Gbps circuits are extended from Logan to Richfield Data Center.

  • 2010
    E-rate reimbursements exceed $11-million annually.

    MHz Worldview premieres as KUEN’s second digital television station.

    $13-million BTOP grant is awarded to UEN.

  • 2011
    BTOP project connects 70 elementary schools and 18 charter schools.

    Portions of the UEN backbone are upgraded to 10-Gbps.

  • 2012
    10-Gbps Ethernet is extended to St. George.

    100-Gbps Metro Fiber Ring established.

    BTOP project is completed with faster connections for 130 community anchor sites including 1-Gbps connections for 62 elementary schools.
  • 2013
    Multiple UEN servers move to Downtown Data Center (in downtown Salt Lake City).

    Utah legislators draft a bill (HB92) to combine UEN with UTN (Utah Telehealth Network).

  • 2014
    HB92 passes and UTN moves to the Eccles Broadcast Center and process of merging begins.

    Network expands to 1,412 sites and trains 14,300 Utah teachers.

    FNX (First Nations Experience) premieres as KUEN’s third digital television station.

  • 2015
    Steve Hess, who directed the founding of SETOC and UEN, is appointed CIO of the University of Utah. The CIO’s portfolio includes UEN.

    Utah Legislators approve HB-222 creating the Utah Digital Learning Task Force. UETN advises the task force as it outlines and completes Utah's Master Plan: Essential Elements for Technology Powered Learning.

    SB-222 also asks UETN to conduct statewide inventory and engineering studies of technology in Utah school districts and charter schools. The studies are completed and reported to legislators.

    10 Gbps circuit extended to Blanding Utah

    Sustained Internet traffic exceeds 40 Gbps for the first time (5+ fold growth in three years)

  • 2016
    Overall bandwidth utilization increased from 76.03 Gbps with 46 percent used by Public Education, 43% used by Higher Education and 11% for other traffic.

    2016 saw a 59% growth in the usage of Utah’s Online Library. The Network also logged 7,804,693 unique visits to The network delivered Higher Education Courses to 196,247 students via UENT’s Learning Management System.

    In partnerships with the Utah State Board of Education, UETN continued to support Utah’s Digital Teaching and Learning Qualifying Grant Program for Local Education Agencies (LEAs). UETN and USBE held multiple 2-day bootcamp training sessions for LEA leaders starting in late September. Plans from 66 LEAs have been approved for the 2017 Fiscal Year.

    UETN and multiple other technology innovators provided leadership and technical support for the Super Computing 2016 (SC16) conference held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City. Specifically UETN help plan and execute SCInet, the largest, fastest computer network in the world during its temporary existence in November.

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