ENA Celebrates 20 Years of Connecting Communities
In 2016, ENA celebrated a major milestone—we turned 20! None of this would have been possible without our customers. Our employees say it all the time, but we truly do have the very best customers in the world. Thank you for your commitment to your students and patrons and for inviting us to work side-by-side with you to build connected and thriving 21st century learning environments. It has been a privilege to serve our education and library partners and witness firsthand the impactful digital transformations that have occurred in your communities. Congratulations on all your achievements, and thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey. We look forward to providing you with the robust and reliable solutions and services you’ve come to expect from us over the next 20 years!
October 10, 1996
The Beginning: Building a Statewide Network for Tennessee’s Schools
Approximately 250 students from across Tennessee joined then Governor Don Sundquist and Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education Jane Walters at the bicentennial education launch event for the ConnectTEN Internet program for public schools.READ OUR STORY
Overview Video of Event Launch
December 10, 1996
Our First Home
ENA’s first headquarters was located on the 9th floor of the Andrew Johnson tower in the heart of downtown Nashville, Tennessee. We’ve moved a couple of times since then to accommodate for company growth, but our headquarters have always remained in Music City.
February 27, 1998
The Birth of the E-rate Program and Our First RFP!
When Tennessee opted to outsource the ConnectTEN network, ENA responded to its first request for proposal (RFP) and won the state contract as the lowest and most cost-effective provider. That same year, the E-rate program, officially known as Universal Service Schools and Libraries Discount Mechanism, was created as a part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. In the Act, a fourth Universal Service Fund program was established to help schools and libraries connect to the Internet.
The artwork you see is featured on the tabs of the first RFP and was created by students at Nashville’s Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School back in 1997. In ENA’s early years, students and teachers of this high school—located in the heart of downtown Nashville—often tested and piloted solutions that ENA was developing. In these images, Hume-Fogg students from assorted grades offered their artistic interpretation of the concept of a Tennessee K-12 network.
December 17, 1999
Education Networks of America became incorporated in 1999. Below is a copy of our company’s original logo. The logo has since transformed into the version that appears throughout our website today.
Partnering for Savings, Partnering for Success
In 2004, we created the ENA Partner Program (formerly known as ENA’s Consortium Program) to provide the schools we serve with the ability to purchase web-based educational resources at a lower price. A program created based on customer requests and feedback, the ENA Partner Program features an outstanding lineup of educational products designed to enhance student performance and boost efficiency. ENA negotiates with our partners for special low bulk rates on these award-winning products and then we pass the savings along to our customers!
Spreading Our Wings—Hello, Hoosier State!
ENA was selected as the managed Internet service provider for K–12 school corporations across the state of Indiana. The network transition was completed successfully in a three-month period with the school corporations experiencing virtually no downtime.
November 11, 2005
Integration to Transformation
Watch education leaders discuss the tremendous impact technology was already having in school learning environments in 2006, and how it was being used to personalize instruction.
Connecting Indiana’s Libraries
ENA was awarded another competitively-bid statewide contract by the Indiana State Library to provide managed Internet services to over 150 public libraries across the state. ENA also worked with the Indiana State Library to implement a statewide content filtering solution to enable many of the libraries to comply with CIPA regulations and thus take advantage of critical E-rate funding.
Florida was added to the network with a district-wide contract
We Found Our Voice
In 2007, ENA developed and deployed its voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone solution, which we successfully piloted with Tennessee’s Greeneville City Schools. Fast forward a few years, and we’ve now designed and deployed some of the largest hosted VoIP installations in the education sector, including an implementation with 235 sites and over 15,000 extensions.
Idaho was added to the network with a statewide contract
Maryland and Georgia were added to the network with district-wide contracts and New Hampshire was added with a statewide contract.
August 29, 2010
Lights, Camera, Action!
To provide our education and library communities with a secure and reliable collaboration tool, ENA added a mobile, web-based video conferencing solution to our suite of managed services. Today, our Video Collaboration Powered by Zoom solution is transforming and mobilizing the learning environments in K–12 school districts and higher education institutions nationwide.
Vermont was added to the network with a statewide contract
ENA Added It’s 100th Employee!
Texas was added to the network with a district-wide contract
ENA hits 10 states! Maine was added to the network with a statewide contract.
Introducing ENA Air
ENA released its third new solution—ENA Air—three years after launching its video platform. The comprehensive managed wireless service is helping the educational and library communities we serve undergo massive digital transformations that are already producing positive outcomes for today’s students and library patrons.
First Statewide Wi-Fi Contract
The Idaho Department of Education awarded ENA a statewide contract to provide Wi-Fi services to the state’s high schools. Truly a team effort, every department at ENA came together to seamlessly integrate ENA Air into Idaho’s schools.
November 29, 2014
Making a Difference
ENA was selected by Apple to design, install, and manage local Wi-Fi networks at over 100 economically-disadvantaged schools in 29 states as part of Apple’s national ConnectED initiative.
North Carolina and Arizona were added to the network with statewide contracts and Arkansas and Illinois were added with district-wide contracts
June 1, 2015
A Growing Footprint
Thanks to a lot of hard work by ENA employees and the support of our customers, ENA more than tripled the number of states within which we provided services, bringing the number up to an impressive 32 states.
Mississippi, New Mexico, and Alabama were added to the network with statewide contracts and Ohio was added with a district-wide contract
ENA Added It’s 200th Employee!
September 29, 2016
ENA’s Innovation Station
In September 2016, ENA launched its highly-anticipated private virtual data center service—ENA TrustCompute. Designed by ENA’s skilled and knowledgeable engineers, ENA TrustCompute provides our education and library communities with a comprehensive and secure cloud computing platform that is scalable, easy to use, and budget-friendly.
We hope you enjoy learning about the important milestones that have made us who we are today. We are thankful that we’ve had the opportunity to serve our education and library communities for so many years. We are honored to spend 365 days a year helping customers implement new technologies and gain access to digital tools that positively impact the futures of our K–12 schools, higher education institutions, and libraries.