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SOCRATES Network Internet and Telecommunications Services

Established in 1996, SOCRATES—the South Central Regional Area Telecommunications System, provides data/Internet connectivity and network services including voice and video to schools and libraries in South Central Minnesota.

A program of the South Central Service Cooperative, the SOCRATES network comprises 70 circuits connecting 87 sites at 20 school districts, four education cooperatives, and 31 public library members of the Traverse des Sioux Library System.

Request for Proposals

SOCRATES is seeking proposals for network services to expand our current network to six additional sites.
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Technical Support

For connectivity or performance issues, please contact Jaguar Support Services:              

Important: If you contact Jaguar by telephone or email, confirm that you are a SOCRATES member and confirm a support ticket has been assigned.

Network / Internet Circuits and Local WAN Circuits  

SOCRATES provides eligible schools and libraries fiber based connectivity to our regional network including unlimited Internet access. Additional direct or virtual WAN services can be provided for entities who need connectivity to multiple sites. Circuit sizes are 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps. Not all circuit sizes are available at all locations. 

Fortinet Unified Threat Management: Firewall and Filtering

By leveraging the expertise of our partners at Arvig/Jaguar, SOCRATES is able to provide our members with comprehensive secure and filtered internet services that are customized to local site policies and guidelines. This is accomplished utilizing redundant Fortigate 3700D firewalls. This robust comprehensive security solution allows for Internet filtering (including 1:1 program devices), deep SSL inspection, granular policy and application control while providing a rich visibility of network traffic.


Network Performance and Monitoring

Each subscribing SOCRATES member is provided a network support portal that offers multiple pathways of monitoring and reporting on network performance. This one stop shop provides trouble ticket submission, network monitoring and usage graphs, and log analysis. In addition, the network work support portal provides subscribing members curated resources on how to configure and manage their Fortinet vdom.

VoIP Phone Systems

Customized turnkey VoIP phone service is available to members through the SOCRATES regional network contract and partnerships with Arvig and Jaguar communications. SOCRATES helps members leverage eligible Category 1 and Category 2 E-Rate funding to support VoIP installation and services.  

Consulting and Managed Technical Services

Request a product, project or service quote.

SOCRATES InfographicNetwork Information and Features

Key features of the network include:

  • 10 Gbps of shared Internet access (scalable)
  • Managed, secured, and filtered Internet “to the door”*
  • Virtual WAN connectivity*
  • Network redundancy
  • VoIP services*
  • 7x24x365 dedicated help desk/network support
  • Utilization and support portals
  • Common training and member support

*optional service level

SOCRATES Network is provided in collaboration with Arvig and Jaguar Communications, and telecommunications partners throughout south central Minnesota.

SOCRATES network supports interconnectivity throughout the state in collaboration with eight regional telecommunications clusters and consortia, and through shared access to Internet2 and the state’s higher education network systems.

View a map of SOCRATES' service area.

Regional Technology Coordinators and Directors meet every other month at the SCSC. Typical meeting agendas include national, state and regional technology initiative updates, SOCRATES network updates and training, technology leadership professional development and an open sharing and problem solving session. 

Tentative Meeting Schedule and Links to Meeting Notes 2015–16

Upcoming meetings:
Jan. 12, 2016 | March 8, 2106 | May 10, 2016.
Meetings are scheduled from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and include lunch unless otherwise noted.

Meeting Notes:
Sept. 14, 2015 | Nov. 10, 2015

Join our coordinators group and receive notices and notes.

SOCRATES Network Services Pricing

Pricing for SOCRATES network services is based on a cooperative model where the overall costs of network circuits, infrastructure, maintenance, support, and administration are shared by members through common pricing for standard circuit and security options.  

E-Rate Information

SOCRATES files consortium level Category 1 E-Rate Applications for members who purchase regional Internet and networking services and VoIP phone services from them. SOCRATES also provides training and resources to help schools and libraries with their local E-Rate application process. 

Following are links to resources for the FY 2016-2017 application cycle:    

Telecom Equity Aid Information

SOCRATES applies for Telecom Equity Funding as a consortium on behalf of its members for all eligible costs associated with the regional network and for their eligible internal network transport costs. 

Glenn Morris, 507-389-5106
David Paschke, 507-236-3032
Jason Borglum, 507-389-5126
Gerard Breiter, 507-345-7757
Kelsey Rose, 507-389-6999