Colorado district upgrades to high speed network

Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado’s largest school district, has been educating and nurturing students for more than 50 years. Its graduates have gone on to become Nobel Prize winners, astronauts, award-winning doctors, writers and musicians. And to help support its mission of providing a quality education that prepares all children for a successful future, Jeffco has installed a dedicated 100 Megabit per second (MBPS) network from Qwest Communications.

As the school year begins students, facility and administrators in schools and administrative offices will have access to Qwest’s Metro Optical Ethernet (QMOE) high-speed Ethernet data transport service, which delivers bandwidth-rich applications like streaming video across multiple classrooms.

“The financial challenges of late make us acutely aware of our responsibility to ensure resources are invested wisely in the education of our children," said Brett Miller, executive director, Infrastructure Services for Jeffco Public Schools. "Our new Qwest network helps us execute on that goal and is robust enough to grow as we do.”

The completed network allows the district to implement a variety of critical e-learning initiatives including online courses, virtual schools, online testing/assessment programs and Internet-based professional development for staff. More than 150 schools and administrative offices are being served by QMOE. The network enhances security between locations and handles sensitive student data in a way that avoids having Internet traffic traverse the public, unsecured network.

“Education is key to developing productive, prosperous communities," said Sharon Montgomery, vice president, Qwest Government and Education Solutions. "That’s why Qwest is proud to support K-12 students and teachers with technology solutions like QMOE.”