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3 ways we support school districts

High-speed broadband that can support digital learning requires a combination of scalable fiber-optic connections, sufficient and affordable bandwidth, and robust internal networks that can deliver information onto student devices in the classroom.

Any network upgrade can be challenging, which is why we offer free technical assistance and procurement support to help school district leaders through the process of upgrading. Since 2013, over 1,000 school districts, across all 50 states have taken advantage of our free support.

Alongside our dedicated team of district consultants, we also connect school districts with our in-house experts who provide specialized network knowledge and procurement support. Here is a brief introduction to how they support district leaders to connect their students to high-speed broadband.

NAVIGATE E-RATE

  • Advice on E-rate program timeline and milestones
  • Provide real-time filing support and RFP development
  • Answer your compliance questions – big and small

JOSH CHISOM, E-RATE SPECIALIST
A former E-rate consultant and Site Reviewer/Trainer/Auditor for the E-rate program, with over 20 years of experience in K-12., Josh is passionate about upgrading school district networks and is a true expert when it comes to everything E-rate.

OPTIMIZE NETWORK

  • Translate your technology plans into reality using e-rate funding
  • Design networks that support future bandwidth and digital learning demands
  • Assess your network health and potential gaps

BRIAN SHIH, NETWORK ENGINEER
Brian has 20 years of experience designing, building, operating and troubleshooting networks of all sizes. Brian makes sure that school districts have access to the resources and tools necessary for them to optimally run their networks.

COREE KELLY, NETWORK ENGINEER
Coree has over 25 years of experience in technology, specializing in WAN/LAN network infrastructure. Coree spent 10 years as a technology director for a K-12 school district in his home state of Wyoming.

ENGAGE SERVICE PROVIDERS:

  • Drive provider awareness so you can receive the most competitive bids
  • Clarify which providers are in your service area
  • Identify how much neighboring schools pay for their broadband

TIM RILEY, SERVICE PROVIDER SPECIALIST
Tim has 20 years of experience in the telecommunications sector. His career has come full circle, as his first job was working to advance distance learning in Oklahoma in the mid-’90s. The favorite part of Tim’s day is encouraging providers to bring winning solutions that help schools meet their connectivity goal.

We also offer price comparison tools and procurement resources to help you arrive at sustainable Internet solutions for your schools. For more information on planning your broadband network upgrade, explore our free tools and resources, or schedule a call with a member of our team.