In fulfilling its needs to integrate technology in the classroom as mandated by the state's education board, New Jersey-based Denville School District had to maintain the balance of keeping costs in check while obtaining its application goals.
Typical of most U.S. school districts, Denville lacked the bandwidth capabilities to obtain its technology in the classroom capabilities. This prompted the district to ditch incumbent provider Verizon and employ the help of Cablevision subsidiary Optimum Lightpath. In the process of switching to Optimum Lightpath, Denville replaced its Verizon 10 Mbps TLS network and 6 Mbps ISDN PRI with a much faster GigE Managed Private Fiber WAN and Internet/Voice bundle that delivers 47 Mbps. What's more, the district was able to save $50,000 annually.
"We needed substantially more bandwidth at a reduced cost to more effectively incorporate technology into the teaching and learning experience, and Optimum Lightpath delivered," said John Seripligia, Business Administrator, Denville Board of Education in a release. "As a result of the switch, we can make the learning experience much more interactive, incorporating podcasts, more heavily utilizing the Internet for research, supplementing lesson plans with limitless information from the outside world--and this is just the beginning."
- see the release here