The ITN is a consortium member service, which means that it is your network. You have a voice in what services are offered and most importantly, an impact on pricing. By combining the buying power of public sector users with the buying power of those that are part of a common infrastructure, ITN can generate enormous buying power and offer numerous services that can be used by all. ITN plays a crucial role in reducing the costs of such services down to a number that is more cost effective for everyone. Depending on the services needed, it might be beneficial from a cost perspective to choose a local provider instead of the ITN. When dealing with the lower bandwidth needs of smaller offices and/or agencies which simply need an internet connection, the ITN may not be the best choice.