Shift to online test taking drives demand for broadband services

To help schools and school districts improve their broadband speeds and meet the increase in demand for bandwidth, AT&T is delivering secure, scalable networking services such as Switched Ethernet and Managed Internet Services (opens in new tab).

According to the State Education Technology Directors Association, schools will need Wide Area Network connections of 1 Gbps per 1,000 students and staff by 2014-15. Many schools are preparing now for the future demand:

Bartow County (GA) Schools is upgrading its existing Metro Ethernet to attain speeds of 1-2 Gbps at each school and 5 Gbps in its central office to create a 21st century technology program for its students.

Caddo Parish (LA) Schools is installing AT&T’s Switched Ethernet service in anticipation of more mobile devices (opens in new tab) on its network and state testing assessments.

Cleveland County (NC) Schools is upgrading its infrastructure to AT&T’s Switched Ethernet service in order to increase the number of wireless access points and bandwidth to support online testing.

Cullman County (GA) Schools is moving towards a 1:1 mobile learning model and turned to AT&T to upgrade its bandwidth for all schools.

Sacramento City (CA) Unified School District has a high population of economically disadvantaged students, but despite budget constraints is upgrading its circuits to a new 100 Mbps Ethernet OPT-E-MAN service from AT&T (opens in new tab), including 64 high-speed data lines.

Wayne (MI) Regional Educational Service Agency is working with AT&T to upgrade its capabilities by 1,000 percent – expanding to 20 Gbps.

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