Internet access within the Iowa City Community School District was interrupted this Sunday morning, August 26th, when Iowa Communications Network (ICN) engineers accidentally cut a district fiber optic connection in Tiffin, IA.
The cut has been repaired and service restored as of Sunday, August 26th at 2:15 PM. We will continue to monitor connectivity for issues going forward, but do not anticipate additional service interruptions.
I hope that this is the last network outage announcement that we’ll have for a while, but need to notify users of the ICCSD network that we will have an outage affecting all schools in the northwest quadrant of the district beginning Saturday morning at 7 AM and lasting for five to seven hours.
Affected schools include:
- Liberty High School
- Northwest Junior High
- North Central Junior High
- Borlaug Elementary
- Coralville Central Elementary
- Garner Elementary
- Kirkwood Elementary
- Penn Elementary
- Van Allen Elementary
- Wickham Elementary
This outage is due to a major fiber rerouting project that must be completed due to a property transaction by the City of Iowa City. In addition to the aforementioned schools, this outage will also affect portions of the networks of the City of Iowa City, Johnson County, the Iowa Department of Transportation, and The University of Iowa, to name a few entities.
While we were able to take steps during an earlier phase of this project to avoid outages for district facilities, that will be impossible during this phase of work. It is our hope that, upon completion, we will have no further network outages in the foreseeable future.
Earlier today (12/20/2017), ICCSD experienced a district-wide internet outage that was caused by a fiber cut that affected Iowa Communications Network sites throughout eastern Iowa.
As of 9:30pm, the ICN has repaired the fiber and service has been restored. We expect that there will be no further outages associated with this incident.
We appreciate your patience as we worked through the ICN to resolve this problem.
Each year, I provide a report to the board that provides a high-level view of our technology program, through the lens of particular projects completed, underway, or planned. This will certainly not be the most riveting content I’ve posted to the blog, but for those of you who are interested, I’m posting a summary of that report here.
The 2016-17 school year was one of transition in the Iowa City Community School District’s Office of Technology & Innovation. As we move into winter of 2017-18, we have completed a number of major projects and still have significant initiatives underway or in planning stages. Our departmental performance metrics have generally improved slightly, though I’m excited to see how our work in terms of specific initiatives and in targeted locations will manifest itself in the coming year’s technology program evaluation. Continue reading Technology Annual Report
With temperatures in the 50s this past weekend, it finally seems as though spring is in sight. While day-to-day technology support needs in the district tend to hit a bit of a lull at this time of year – many chronic issues have been solved, and most new technology initiatives and programs are well-established – this is a busy time of year from a planning perspective. Continue reading What’s New in the Technology & Innovation Department: E-Rate
Let me start this post by saying that as a technology professional, I hate bottlenecks.
In saying as much, I’m probably preaching to the choir; almost ALL of us struggle with bottlenecks in our daily lives. Traffic jams are usually caused by a bottleneck – the reduction of lanes from 4 to 2, for instance – that results in more traffic per available lane. Since two cars cannot peacefully occupy the same space on the road, a reduction in lanes during a heavy traffic period means that fewer cars can move through that obstructed zone at a time, resulting in a backup as faster-moving traffic piles up behind the slower-moving obstructed zone. Continue reading Bottlenecks, bottlenecks, bottlenecks!