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Springfield Public Schools Take 1:1 Tech Initiative To Gigabit Speeds With Comcast Business

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J., March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Comcast Business today announced that Springfield Public Schools has selected Comcast Business Ethernet services to support a 1:1 technology learning environment for more than 2,400 students across the district's five schools. In addition to providing the Internet bandwidth needed by the thousands of laptops and other mobile devices that access the school district's network every day, Comcast Business will also provide a reliable connection between Springfield Public Schools and its primary data center for the quick and secure transfer of all critical administrative and educational data.   

Located in Union County, N.J., Springfield Public Schools is a five-school district that includes one early childhood learning center, two elementary schools, a middle school and one high school. A distinguished program, Project RED Signature District, and Center for Digital Education Digital Content and Curriculum Award winner, the district boasts a 1:1 learning environment where it provides laptops for students in grades 6-12 as well as for all faculty and administrators. The Pre K-5 classrooms have a minimum of four laptops and tablets per classroom. All of the school-issued technology is provided to the students without any additional cost to them or their family, and all assignments and lesson plans are available online and accessible whether at school or at home.

"Between our 1:1 program and more than 400 tablets being used within our early childhood center and two elementary schools, we knew we needed a reliable communications partner that could provide us with the infrastructure needed to support our 'anytime, anywhere' learning philosophy," said Michael A. Davino, Superintendent at Springfield Public Schools. "After careful assessment of our bandwidth options, we made the decision to partner with Comcast Business. The experience has been seamless and has allowed us to focus on providing our students with the best education possible instead of worrying about how we will meet our bandwidth demands."

Comcast Business upgraded Springfield Public Schools' network from 100 Megabits-per-second (Mbps) to a 1 Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) Ethernet Dedicated Internet connection, which will support numerous devices simultaneously accessing the Internet without overtaxing the system. In addition to allowing students access to ubiquitous Internet resources, this network also allows students, teacher and parents to utilize a virtual learning platform and obtain real-time access to grades, attendance, lunch balances, and general announcements. School board members can also access meeting minutes on their tablets and other mobile devices, eliminating the need for printed copies.

Beyond its external-facing benefits, this Ethernet Dedicated Internet connection from Comcast also is supporting the district's entire offsite backup system, which holds crucial administrative information that includes personnel records, budgetary information and its Student Information System (SIS), which houses all student data. This connection is responsible for archiving and backing up all school email to its offsite data center. Plans to upgrade its network to 10 Gbps are currently underway as student enrollment continues to climb and the possibility of replacing textbooks with additional tablets is explored.

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