Atlanta schools selects network provider

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has selected Education Networks of America, Inc. (ENA) to provide managed wide area network (WAN) data connectivity services district-wide to over 100 of their learning and administrative sites. The district’s request for proposal (RFP) issued in the fall of last year required service providers to have demonstrable experience in providing WAN services to urban school districts, offer the best value for the district’s requirements and maximize the federal E-Rate program that provides subsidized discounts to schools and libraries for the purchase of telecommunication and networking services. The three-year contract begins July 1, 2011.

Under the contract, ENA will ensure high-speed, reliable broadband connectivity between all district sites and the central office. As a managed service provider, ENA will not only provision and install circuits and equipment for the enhanced service but will also maintain, support, monitor and troubleshoot the service for the life of the contract.

APS was particularly interested in contracting with a service provider that is able to meet and exceed all their network performance objectives and metrics as well as provide a superior level of district support for all operations of the WAN.

“We are delighted to service Atlanta Public Schools and help them achieve their mission of strategically managing and leveraging technology for improved outcomes,” said David Pierce, president and CEO of ENA. “We believe our 15-year experience in serving school districts, including large urban districts with E-Rate eligible connectivity and communication services, will add immediate benefits to Atlanta Public Schools.”