Visalia USD Bolsters Network for Converged Services

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Visalia Unified School District is beefing up its converged network to support higher bandwidths for voice, data, and video. Visalia USD, located in the San Joaquin Valley, has signed AT&T in a five-year deal to act as the primary service provider for network services for the California district.

Under the terms of the deal, AT&T will provide its OPT-E-MAN switched Ethernet service to connect 34 of the district's schools and administrative centers, according to AT&T. The company said its service will provide about 33 times the current bandwidth at Visalia's middle schools and high schools. The district will use the extra bandwidth for voice, video, and data applications for distance learning and various other educational enhancements.

"With the number of schools and administration buildings in the district, along with the number of students, we needed a provider with the resources to connect all of our sites on a unified network platform and enhance our educational capabilities," said Robert Groeber, assistant superintendent of administrative services for Visalia USD, in a statement released this week. "The solution provided by AT&T will allow us to connect our schools at a cost-effective rate and help us provide our students, teachers, and administration with the latest technologies in educational tools."

Visalia Unified School District serves about 27,000 students in 24 elementary schools, four middle schools, four comprehensive high schools, a continuation high school, and various other alternative, charter, and special needs centers, campuses, and programs.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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