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School BYOD Policy Bolstered by Broadband Network

on August 17, 2012

A new high-speed broadband network is powering a Pennsylvania school district’s bring-your-own-technology policy for students.

The policy enables students to bring their own technological devices to school, reported BusinessReview USA. The policy fosters opportunities for innovative collaboration, while saving the district money it would have to spend on new devices and upgrades.

According to TMCnet, public schools in Red Lion, Penn., now have access to a high-capacity wide area network (WAN) courtesy of Conterra Broadband Services, a network services provider. The additional bandwidth was necessary as student use of personal computing and communications technology placed high demand on the Red Lion Area School District’s existing network infrastructure.

“With Conterra’s network, the bandwidth on the WAN will no longer be the limiting factor for performance,” said Jared Mader, director of technology services for the Red Lion Area School District, in a statement.

Based in Charlotte, N.C., Conterra provides broadband services for schools, health care and government entities and other customers primarily in underserved areas of the U.S. Some early benefits of the increased connectivity at Red Lion schools include support for applications such as distance learning, social media and security needs of the school district.

“This newly built, fiber-based network brings technology and physical plant to a previously underserved area,” said Dennis Francis, president and CEO of Conterra Broadband Services, in a statement. “Conterra’s solution offers the district a ubiquitous, broadband network that opens up opportunities to leverage technology to transform education.”
 


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