Fiber optic network supports schools' growth

Unite Private Networks (UPN) announced a twelve-year contract renewal to provide fiber optic network services for Lincoln Public Schools(LPS) of Kansas City, Missouri. The fiber optic network, designed and built by UPN for the district, includes over 90 route-miles of fiber optic cable, combining both aerial and underground elements. It provides critical bandwidth at speeds of GigE per location. The project is partially funded by the FCC E-Rate program.

The UPN fiber optic network supports the increasing operational and instructional demands incurred by the dramatic growth of Lincoln Public Schools (LPS). District officials attribute key efficiencies to the fiber network, which enables expanded delivery of services without requiring a commensurate budget increase. The virtually unlimited bandwidth also enhances students’ educational experience by providing extensive leverage of online instructional content and applications.

UPN's customer service became a crucial asset for LPS when a catastrophic fire destroyed the district’s primary data center in May, 2011. Within 48 hours of the disaster, the parties had resolved short-term and long-term recovery plans for network and data center services.

“We are banking our operational & instructional services on this network,” said Kirk Langer, Director of Technology for LPS. “We need a responsive, accommodating, knowledgeable partner -- and that’s what we have in UPN.”