Anchorage School District Partners to Expand Broadband Services

The Anchorage School District (ASD) has forged a new technology plan with partner Alaska Communications, offering access and increased capacity to new Web-based learning tools, virtual classrooms and faster Internet.

Alaska Communications and ASD signed a multi-year agreement that extends a long-standing relationship between the two organizations. Under this agreement, Alaska Communications will provide enhanced broadband services, including faster broadband speeds and a private wireless network, to the district’s more than 100 locations to meet ASD’s growing technology and educational needs.

Alaska Communications will increase bandwidth to all schools and facilities, 95 of which will be served by fiber-optic cable by early 2015. It will also deploy private network access to 4G LTE wireless services to provide high-speed, secure and reliable access to Web-based learning tools and student records.To allow students to access electronic learning tools at home, a wireless affinity program will be available to ASD students, families and employees with additional discounts on wireless devices and plans.

“We’re delighted to provide Anchorage School District with these services to ensure our community’s students, teachers and parents can access secure, high-speed, reliable Internet and to develop technologies to pursue educational goals,” Alaska Communications President and CEO Anand Vadapalli said.

The Anchorage School District educates almost 48,000 students in the Southcentral Alaska communities of Anchorage, Eagle River, Chugiak and Girdwood.