Network Initiatives

The Network Initiatives provides end-to-end support in designing, installing and maintaining data networks to support the essential operations of the Imperial County & K-12 school districts in California. Our department is dedicated to provide technology support services and leadership to all of our school districts. The Network Initiatives serves as:

  • The Lead Educational Agency for the K-12 High Speed Network Program (K12HSN).
  • The Network Administrator for the Imperial Valley Telecommunications Authority (IVTA).

K-12 High Speed Network (K12HSN)

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K12HSN is a state program funded by the California Department of Education. The California Department of Education competitively selected the Imperial County Office of Education (ICOE) as the Lead Education Agency (LEA) and manager of the K-12 High Speed Network program.

K12HSN provides the California K-12 community with:

  • Network Connectivity.
  • Network Support.
  • DDoS Mitigation Services.
  • K-12 School Connectivity Data.
  • E-rate Filing Support.

The mission of the California K-12 High Speed Network is to enable educators, students and staff across the state to have access to reliable high speed network which has the capacity to deliver high quality online resources to support teaching and learning and promote academic achievement.

K12HSN administers K-12’s participation in the California Research and Education Network (CalREN). CalREN is the high-speed, high-bandwidth statewide network of 14 Hub Sites and circuits linking to 83 K-12 Node Sites, 11 University of California Campuses, 24 California State University Campuses, 111 Community College Campuses, as well as the Three Participating Private Universities. CalREN is also linked to the national Internet2 network forming an advanced state and national “Intranet” for educational use.

Backbone services are provided  by the Corporation for Education Networking Initiatives in California (CENIC).

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Imperial Valley Telecommunications Network (IVTA)


The Imperial Valley Telecommunications Authority services include:

  • Monitors local/wide area network and problem management.
  • Manages construction projects including fiber and wireless systems installs.
  • Installs, configures and maintains network equipment.
  • Ensures network security and availability.
  • Manages backup power systems and environment monitoring systems.
  • A collaborative of all Imperial County school districts, city agencies, county agencies, Imperial Community College and San Diego State University-IVC.
  • An innovative partnership with the Imperial Irrigation District.
  • Officially recognized as a public "Joint Powers Authority (JPA)".
  • IVTA is dedicated to provide new technology and a community-wide system access to the Imperial Valley public agencies, and contribute to the growth and development of the community.

IVTA major projects include:

  • Connecting participating agencies to a state-of-the-industry fiber-optic communications network.
  • Planning for future uses of the high-speed network to improve efficiency and reduce costs of operations.

For more information, please visit:


Luis Wong
Chief Executive Officer K12HSN
Imperial County Office of Education
(760) 312-6512

Michael Kahler
Network Operations Manager IVTA
Imperial County Office of Education
(760) 312-6512