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Arizona District Implements Fiber Optic Network with E-Rate Support
Nogales Unified School District #1
in Arizona has completed the implementation of a 100 percent fiber optic network
for high speed Internet access and data, video and voice over IP (VoIP)
According to Alejandro Lopez, information technology director for the
district, Nogales needed to update its network technology to support distance
learning applications, to improve video quality and speed and to allow students
and teachers to take advantage of new educational opportunities through
increased bandwidth in schools and administrative locations. "The goal of our
department is to make technology an effective tool in the district so our
students will be prepared to use technology as a tool in everyday life," he said
in a prepared statement.
The district's new fiber optic network is provided by
Conterra Broadband Services, and the
multi-year contract is "partially funded through the federal
Universal Service E-Rate program," according to the company. The new network
is a point-to-point fiber network that provides each school facility in the
district with 1 gigabit per second "and is scalable to 100 gigabits per second
with no supplementary construction."
The district plans to use the fiber optic network to support online student
testing, credit courses, advanced placement programs, certifications for
district staff members and professional development support.
Nogales Unified School District #1 is located in southern Arizona and serves
approximately 6,200 students in six elementary, two middle and two high schools.
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].