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    Arizona: Chino Valley Unified School District

    Chino Valley Unified previously struggled with reliability of the connections between their school buildings. Taking a thoughtful approach to the architecture of its network, the district chose to upgrade using a provider that focused on addressing bottlenecks and increasing their bandwidth from 1 Gbps to 10 Gbps between every school. Now, Chino Valley's teachers are more comfortable implementing new online tools and resources without worry that their network will disrupt instruction.

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    Colorado: Ridgway School District

    In rural Colorado, Ridgway School District faced challenges finding competitive connectivity options and for many years had only one provider in town. Spurred by the desire to increase their bandwidth for digital learning, the district persistently sought options from a range of providers. In 2016, the district was finally able to increase from 100 Mbps to 300 Mbps for only a minimal increase in monthly cost. Now, Ridgway's teachers are incorporating more media into their instruction, leveraging tools like Schoology and Edmodo to the delight of their students.

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    Illinois: Township School District 214

    Responding to feedback from teachers and students, Township School District's administration needed to upgrade its network to provide more bandwidth and better scalability. The district released an RFP for three fiber-based options. As a result of the competitive bidding process, the district was able to upgrade to leased dark fiber at 10 Gbps for less than they were paying the previous provider for just 1 Gbps of bandwidth. The district’s network now accommodates over 35,000 devices simultaneously, with a thriving classroom culture of digital instruction.

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    Massachusetts: Narragansett School District

    When Narragansett School District decided to become an adopter of Google Apps for Education, the district’s leadership grew concerned that bandwidth would become a bottleneck in the implementation. Fortunately, the district was able to upgrade its service from 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps, allowing for technology use and curriculum to adapt together over time. Narragansett discovered significant benefits including the ability for teachers to differentiate instructional strategies based on transparent, real-time data on how their students are progressing.

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    Montana: Darby K-12 Schools

    Darby School District’s leaders had long been committed to using digital learning to expand students’ educational opportunities, but with a low bandwidth connection and no access to fiber nearby, the administration realized the necessity of proactively searching for options to upgrade. Going out to bid for all possible solutions, Darby's project received notice from a range of providers. Out of five potential companies, the district chose a provider that agreed to construct fiber down an 18-mile stretch to the district and the surrounding community. Now, Darby is in a position to fully enable digitally-rich classroom experiences.

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    New Hampshire: Goffstown School District

    The cable modem connections Goffstown School District was using for connectivity could best be described as residential-quality service and was subject to the usage whims of the surrounding community. Taking advantage of the summer months, the district implemented a leased dark fiber WAN to connect all five of its schools and administrative offices at 10 Gbps. With speeds fifty times greater than the network it replaced, it is allowing the district to improve the online learning experience for its students. In addition, the district realized substantial cost savings due to the elimination and consolidation of equipment and services.

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    New Mexico: Deming Public Schools

    Deming Public Schools is located in the southernmost part of New Mexico, with one school only a mile from the Mexican border. Previously, the school used a 45 Mbps copper DS-3 line, which proved inadequate for their 400 devices. Slow speeds also prevented the school from implementing a 1:1 program, with teachers hesitant to adopt a program that would depend on an unreliable network. After putting out an RFP for new options, Deming found a provider that would allow them to upgrade to 500 Mbps on lit fiber. This new connection means Deming students can access content that is personalized to their learning and language needs.

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    New York: Fishers Island Union Free School District

    With only 20 Mbps of Internet bandwidth to support their 72 students, the remote school district on Fishers Island faced daily challenges with any attempt to leverage digital learning tools. With the help of a new provider, the district upgraded its infrastructure from DSL to a dedicated fixed wireless connection to receive over five times more bandwidth. Now, the district can finally make use of its 1:1 program and has implemented a blended learning initiative to allow its classroom technology to thrive.

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    Oklahoma: Mannford School District

    Mannford School District's motivated group of English teachers brought awareness to the district's network needs by purchasing innovative online programs for their students to use. In order to accommodate these new tools, the district upgraded their existing fiber from 100 Mbps to 500 Mbps and coupled the bandwidth upgrade with another wave of Chromebook devices. Now Mannford teachers are fully integrating the curriculum with online components, better targeting their students' unique learning needs while also helping to prepare them for college and career.

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    Texas: Lubbock Independent School District

    With 51 schools located in west Texas, Lubbock previously struggled to find affordable options to serve their 30,000 students. To attract new providers, the district’s technology team wrote an RFP for lit or leased dark fiber WAN solutions. The administration chose the most cost-effective among nine bid responses and upgraded with a leased dark fiber solution, receiving significantly more bandwidth for a reduction to their monthly bill. Lubbock has seen astounding growth, with bandwidth usage doubling every four months as teachers across the district use more digital learning resources.

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    Virginia: Roanoke County Public Schools

    Roanoke County Public Schools recently underwent an overhaul of their extensive 23-campus network. With only a 1 Gbps Internet connection and WAN connections lit up at varying speeds, the division went out to bid seeking upgraded bandwidth to serve all schools. The division was able to upgrade their Internet to 10 Gbps, with 10 Gbps leased dark fiber WAN connections between buildings. Roanoke expects to continue integrating technology into instruction and classroom practice, using technology to promote collaboration across subject areas and with other partners in the community.

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