Nation’s 3rd-largest school district switches to Optimum Lightpath

Tue, 01/12/2010 - 7:40am
Mike Robuck

Optimum Lightpath racked up a customer win in the form of the nation’s third-largest school district.

New Jersey-based Howell Township School District dumped its incumbent provider and T1 ATM-based service in favor of Optimum Lightpath’s Ethernet-based private fiber network that features gigabit speeds.

By switching to Optimum Lightpath's service, the district increased its bandwidth from 6 megabits to 50 megabits, enabling faster, more efficient support of advanced digital education applications.

Optimum Lightpath said the school district’s T1 ATM service started to slow down under the strain of 12 schools, 6,800 students and 1,500 teachers.

“Optimum Lightpath has given us a great solution, and economically it’s been a great decision,” said Tom Aquino, Howell Township School District’s director of information technology. “Now we are exploring all kinds of things we could not do before: using teleconferencing, conducting video conferencing with NASA and the national archives, deploying Smart Boards, using WebEx to increase efficiencies, and using podcasts for teaching and research. Service has been solid as a rock, and we look forward to using it more and more.”

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