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 replaced microwave, the Network expanded. In 2014 the Utah State Legislature merged UEN with the Utah Telehealth Network, creating UETN, the Utah Education and Telehealth Network.


  • 1956
    $100,000 grant awarded to U of U to explore education use of closed circuit TV. The grant helps fund the establishment of KUED.
  • 1958
    KUED-TV (Utah Educational TV) signs on the air.
  • 1960
    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) transfers ownership from Weber State University in Ogden to Utah State Board of Regents and 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 (currently Utah's Online Library) established. First online lesson plan posted on UtahLINK.
  • 1999
    EDNET, KULC, UtahLINK merge to single UEN brand and reorganized leadership structure focused on Content, Technology, and Support.
  • 2000
    my.uen portal for educators established.
  • 2001
    EBC remodeled and expanded from 60,000 to 100,000 square feet.
  • 2002
    As education partner for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, UEN receives international recognition, mentors other Olympic cities.
  • 2003
    Qwest (formerly US West, now CenturyLink) donates $4,000,000 of CVDS equipment to make GEOMAX upgrade possible.
  • 2004
    KULC-TV changes call letters to KUEN-TV and is branded as UEN-TV.

    Phase 1 of GEOMAX project started to establish UEN's 1-Gbps Ethernet backbone to span the state from Logan to St. George.
  • 2005
    Phase 2 of Geomax Project adds 155 additional sites.
  • 2006
    KUEN awarded Partnership for a National of Learners grant from CPB and IMLS for Water Wise Utah collaborative project. 

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

    Phase 3 of Geomax Project adds 85 more sites.
  • 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
    KUEN dedicates spectrum to KUER public radio to relay signal across Utah

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

    E-rate reimbursements exceed $11-million annually.

    $13-million BTOP grant is awarded to UEN.

  • 2011
    National Science Foundation (NSF) funds CI-WATER research project.

    BTOP project connects 70 elementary schools and 18 charter schools.

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

  • 2012
    National Science Foundation (NSF) funds iUTAH EPSCoR research project.

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

    KUEN receives CPB American Graduate 2 grant.

    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.

  • 2015
    Steve Hess, who directed the founding of SETOC and UEN, is appointed CIO of the University of Utah and the Utah System of Higher Education. 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 to 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 uen.org. The network delivered Higher Education Courses to 196,247 students via UETN’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.

  • 2017
    House Concurrent Resolution recognizing 50th Anniversary Public Broadcasting Act.

    Utah Governor Gary Herbert officiated as UETN unveiled an expanded and remodeled Operations Center, the management nucleus that supplies network, application and support services statewide. The ribbon-cutting event on November 9, 2017 showcased new, cutting edge, real-time network visualization tools.

    Overall bandwidth utilization increased to 79.1 Gbps with 45 percent used by Public Education, 32.9% used by Higher Education and 14% for other traffic. The network served more than 863,000 students from pre-K and public ed through technical and higher education. It also served more than 73,000 educators and staff throughout the state of Utah.

    UETN connected a majority of education and health care Institutions at 100 Mbps and most a 1 Gbps. Interactive Video Conferencing connected more than 1100 Utah locations with about 350 daily educational events including courses and meetings. UETN’s eMedia service included 20,000 digital videos, images and documents drawing more than 254,000 visits.

  • 2018
    January - March

    UETN expands reach with support of Utah Legislature.

    UtahFutures Impact Evaluation published, shows 89% of users gain needed career advice.

    CPB announces UETN as an American Graduate: Getting to Work station.

    EDScoop highlights Utah’s Open Educational Resources (OER) collection, hosted in eMedia.

    Community survey for carriage of NHK World-Japan begins.

    UETN selects Blackboard Ally to make online courses ADA accessible across Utah System of Higher Education.

    UETN co-sponsors the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology (UCET) statewide conference for educators.

    April - June

    UtahFutures American Graduate begins production of videos featuring students from Utah System of Technical Colleges.

    “Vision of Virtue,” one of UETN’s many original productions for Art Connection, airs nationally.

    UEN.org spotlights curriculum related to Martha Hughes Cannon statue installation in US Capitol.

    UETN expands reach of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium video series via broadcast and eMedia.

    The UETN Technical Summit convenes leaders in public education, postsecondary education, healthcare and industry.

    UtahFutures Hour airs each weeknight on UEN-TV.

    July - September

    UETN and the Friday Institute host Leading Schools Summit for principals as part of the Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning Program.

    UtahFutures American Graduate celebrates Utah’s Year of Technical Education with broadcast and events statewide.

    UETN launches Homeroom, a new bi-monthly podcast for educators.

    UETN and partner stations begin converting Utah’s 500+ translators for system-wide spectrum repack project.

    Media team produces segment on POWDERRENEW 5G wireless networking project for SciTech Now.

    UETN adds 18 new Interactive Video Conferencing sites in area schools.

    October – December

    UETN hosts the Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center (NRTRS) conference in Salt Lake City.

    eMedia releases new video collection of 20,000 assets and new website capabilities.

    UETN provided management, communication and technical support for SC18, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analyis in Dallas, Texas.

    Utah Canvas Summit, co-hosted by UETN, helps schools implement new LMS for learning.

    Statewide broadcast of NHK World-Japan on Channel 9.4 launches.

    UtahFutures American Graduate brings career education resources to rural communities with the Roadtrip Nation Roadshow.

    Bright by Text service begins featuring Preschool Pioneer (currently Preschool Path) for parents and caregivers nationwide.

  • 2019
    UETN upgraded 25 sites to higher capacity internet circuits and increased broadband service to 652,348 K-12 students at 1,113 schools. Overall bandwidth increased to 115.5 Gbps with 49% used by Public Education, 36% used by Higher Education and 15% for other traffic.

    The network became one of only eleven Certified Authorized Providers of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Certification. The training focuses on the use of education technology in meaningful and transformative ways.

    Utah’s Digital Teaching and Learning initiative assists K-12 organizations in using technology to enhance learning outcomes through trainings, wireless access points and software applications. The program is a collaborative effort between UETN, the Utah State Board of Education, local schools and the Utah State Legislature. In 2019, the third comprehensive, statewide inventory of education technology showed a marked increase network use by K-12 students.

    Spike 150, Utah’s celebration of the 150-year anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, engaged more than 20,000 participants in events across the state. As a Spike 150 partner, UEN-TV (KUEN) aired the keynote event held on May 10 at Promontory Summit, including the world premiere of As One. The network curated educational materials and created an instructional video on using augmented reality to teach the history of the transcontinental railroad.

    The network’s UtahFutures American Graduate project connected thousands of youth and the people who guide them with Utah’s career and technical education resources. Working with nearly twenty partners, UEN produced content and facilitated community engagement to strengthen communications around high-wage, in-demand careers and pathways that do not require a college degree.

    UETN also played a leading role in national conferences to foster the exchange of ideas that fuels innovation. Events included the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) 2019 Conference and CPB Thought Leader Forum for public media, CS for All for computer science educators and SC19, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis held in Denver, Colorado.

  • 2020
    UETN was a major sponsor of the UCET Conference (Utah Coalition for Educational Technology. In response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the network hosted a 100% online conference of the Northeast Regional Telehealth Resource Center. The meeting drew more than 1,100 attendees from throughout the nation. UETN also created the Learn at Home website which curated multiple online resources for students, educators and parents.
  • 2021
    Despite the challenges of a second pandemic year, UETN responded quickly to support Utah’s K-12 schools, colleges, universities, libraries, clinics, and hospitals. During the pandemic, the Utah Legislature provided a one-time grant of $125 million of CARES funding to UETN to make critical network upgrades and distribute urgent funding to its stakeholders for pandemic-related expenditures. UETN and its partners completed more than 250 projects including:

    Significant network upgrades to support enhanced equipment and tools to respond to the pandemic and accommodate ongoing growth.

    Extensive WiFi upgrades at both K12 and higher education institutions throughout every part of the state to support increased technology usage as instructors provided remote and blended learning.

    Multiyear software contracts to allow K12 and higher education instructors to utilize technology both in the classroom and remotely

    UETN also rededicated itself to assuring values of the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan are evident throughout the Network. These values included equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility. The initiatives engaged youth with media production and helped communities obtain broadband.

    To address the need for equitable access to education resources, UETN and the Murray School District tested an innovate solution using private LTE to connect hundreds of students working at home to their school network for remote classes and homework.

    In rural districts and other areas where a single nurse serves multiple locations, UETN and partners successfully piloted a program using digital telehealth kits to virtually connect students for real-time visits. More than 170 kits were deployed making it possible for 20 rural districts to use this novel approach to providing students with prompt care.

UETN Executive Directors

Stephen Hess
UEN Founding Director

Michael Petersen
UEN's 2nd Executive Director

Ray Timothy
UETN's 3nd Executive Director

Spencer Jenkins
UETN's 4th Executive Director

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UIT Leadership Spotlight: Steve Hess, Chief Information Officer

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UIT Leadership Spotlight: Lisa Kuhn, Chief Financial Officer for UIT/UETN

Tom Cheatham
UIT Leadership Spotlight: Tom Cheatham, Ph.D., Director of the Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC)

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