Minnesota State now a VoIP User?

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Minnesota State now a VoIP User?

Minnesota, the state that made trying to tax and regulate VoIP famous is now becoming a big benefactor of the technology. Perhaps the early interest in using VoIP is what made them decide to regulate it in their state. The most interesting part of the release is the following quote:"This will further help the state meet current and future telephony needs," said Keith Payden, State of Minnesota Chief Information Officer. "We will be able to increase the eligibility of state agencies to take advantage of the benefits of IP telephony, which will result in toll savings, circuit consolidation and lower administration costs."I guess trying to regulate and tax something that is so helpful to the state may not be such a great idea after all.Here is the full release:State of Minnesota Awards IP Voice Services Contract to Onvoy

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Onvoy, Inc., a Minneapolis-based provider of advanced telecommunications solutions, today announced that Onvoy will partner with the State of Minnesota Department of Administration to provide comprehensive IP telephony application services to participating state agencies.


This public/private partnership, established through a competitive evaluation process open to all interested prospective vendors, leverages the state's Quality of Service infrastructure and technical capabilities with Onvoy's IP telephony innovation and experience to best deliver the benefits of this advanced technology to state agencies.
"We're proud that the State of Minnesota has recognized the value of Onvoy's experience in IP communications," said Janice Aune, CEO of Onvoy. "Our partnership with the state will expand the use of IP telephony, bringing cost- savings, efficiency and enhanced applications to government agencies throughout Minnesota."
While the state will maintain its own wide area network infrastructure, known as MNET (Minnesota Enterprise Network), participating agencies will enjoy all of the same benefits of Onvoy's private IP network -- which include Quality-of-Service (QoS) prioritization of voice traffic, advanced calling features, and toll-free calling between agency locations on MNET.
"This will further help the state meet current and future telephony needs," said Keith Payden, State of Minnesota Chief Information Officer. "We will be able to increase the eligibility of state agencies to take advantage of the benefits of IP telephony, which will result in toll savings, circuit consolidation and lower administration costs."
"In 1987, the company that eventually became Onvoy partnered with the University of Minnesota to help bring the Internet to the state," noted Aune. "Now, more than 15 years later, we're partnering with the state to provide the newest application to arise from that original investment. We are committed to providing state agencies, and all of our clients, with the most effective communications possible -- and our experience delivering solutions right here in Minnesota helps make that possible."
About Onvoy
Onvoy was established in 1988 as a collaborative effort of independent local telephone companies whose mission was to provide a wide range of leading edge telecommunications services. Onvoy offers network services, voice, videoconferencing, data and Internet solutions to wholesale and retail market segments serving more than 350 communities in Minnesota and beyond. Onvoy is a privately-held corporation with headquarters in Minneapolis. For more information, visit http://www.onvoy.com/ .
Onvoy, Inc.


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