Bringing Fiber to the Classroom
Affording teachers and students high-speed access to applications and educational resources across an entire district area, Fiberworks E-MAN (the Educational Metropolitan Area Network) is a Gigabit-over-fiber network that connects schools and administration buildings. Because of its unique fiber-to-the-classroom design, it is an economical alternative to copper-based networks.
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The solution reduces or eliminates monthly costs associated with leased phone lines. The installation of a fiber optic infrastructure will pay for itself in about three years and will fully support high-bandwidth applications in the future. Schools can enjoy the benefits of voice-over-IP, distance learning, video on demand, the Internet and e-mail, as well as any additional needs that arise, without expensive bandwidth upgrades or re-cabling. The ultra-reliable fiber-based network also decreases downtime and decreases network maintenance costs. Fiberworks, Inc., Atlanta, GA, (770) 513-0060, www.fiberworks.com.
This article originally appeared in the 04/01/2000 issue of THE Journal.