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Schooled: Cox Business connects students with enhanced technology

Wed, 08/22/2012 - 3:49pm
Mike Robuck

From Lafayette, Louisiana to Orange County, California, Cox Business has racked up numerous customer wins with school districts.

Cox Business provides voice, video, data and Ethernet services to regional K-12 and higher education facilities across it footprint. It currently serves over 5,000 schools, representing more than 3.2 million students, with its services.

"We have been laser focused on delivering enhanced technology solutions to our local school systems to improve the learning experience," said Phil Meeks, senior vice president of Cox Business. "Cox Business is equipped to support and enable today's most innovative learning methods while driving efficiencies across multiple schools and administrative locations with advanced data and voice services."

Cox is one of the founding members of Cable in the Classroom, a national initiative to provide schools with access to video and broadband content for learning. Cox Business was one of the first cable operators to jump into the commercial services space, and is currently on track to book $2 billion in business services revenue by 2016.

In Arizona, the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) has deployed Cox Metro Ethernet to upgrade its bandwidth to 1G at each of the district's 33 schools and fully activate its "Bring Your Own Technology" (BYOT) program where students can use their own mobile devices of choice in the classroom. The district is encouraging students to use their own devices for research, to engage in class discussions and to stream educational videos.

Cox Business also signed on the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, one of Louisiana's largest school systems as a new customer, and the St. Martin Parish School System recently added more bandwidth from Cox Business to enable virtual classrooms for the 2012-2013 school year.

"Virtual classrooms allow students to take courses from home while being enrolled in the school, an option for students that may require an at-home environment but are still able to take part in sports and other extracurricular activities the school offers," said Richard Lavergne, superintendent of the St. Martin Parish School System. "Cox Business has been an ideal partner to help evolve our schools by adding more flexibility into our learning models."

In addition to now serving Louisiana's two largest school systems, Cox Business also serves the Louisiana Recovery School District (RSD) on its Cox Fiber Optical Network, interconnecting 23 RSD Schools in New Orleans and 46 charter schools throughout the state. All of these locations are directly connected to the Louisiana Department of Education's network where administrators in schools and support offices manage voice, data and Internet traffic from a single network fueling maximum efficiency.

Among other new school-related customer wins, school districts in San Diego and Rhode Island have also signed on to use Cox Business’ Metro Ethernet services.

"We are passionate about serving our local schools with the support and attention they need to be successful,” Meeks said. “We have local resources in every Cox market designed to provide ongoing consultation and technology optimization."

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