MOREnet Receives Withholding on FY10 Appropriation

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

October 28, 2009
CONTACT: Anissa Lockett, Member Communications & Events Manager MOREnet
(573) 882-0054
lockettab@more.net

MOREnet Receives Withholding on FY10 Appropriation

Columbia, Missouri – Earlier today, Governor Nixon announced a 25 percent withholding on MOREnet’s FY10 appropriation, a reduction of approximately $3 million.

“At this time, we expect to address the reduction by eliminating current vacant positions and deferring or eliminating the replacement of network equipment,” states Greg Silvey, MOREnet Director of Fiscal and Contractual Services. “Our goal is to minimize the impact to services and member fees during the current fiscal year.”

While a withholding in the current year was anticipated, a reduction of this magnitude poses significant challenges in covering increasing network costs. Currently, members, which include schools, public libraries and higher education institutions, continue to increase their utilization of the MOREnet network by approximately 35 percent each year.

About MOREnet:

The Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) is a consortium of schools, public libraries and higher education institutions, sponsored by a 19-year collaboration between the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Secre¬tary of State’s Office and the Department of Higher Education. MOREnet, which operates as a separate business unit within the University of Missouri, was created to deliver secure, reliable and robust Internet connectivity to its member organizations.

Today, MOREnet has evolved from a focus on Internet service delivery to a consortium-driven organization, deploying and supporting the technology resources members need to be successful. MOREnet provides such essential services as technical support, videoconferencing support, technical training and network security. From advanced communication tools and online resource databases, to network configuration and assessment, MOREnet is committed to supporting and enabling its members’ missions through the use of technology to enhance opportunities for public access, learning and research.

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