Internet and Dark Fiber Services Enhance Learning Environment for
Entire New York School District
FirstLight Fiber, a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in New York and Northern New England, announced today that Shenendehowa Central Schools (Shen), serving 9,850 students at eight elementary schools, three middle schools and a high school, chose FirstLight over several other alternatives to connect several of its remote schools and upgrade its Internet connectivity.
FirstLight’s dark fiber service provides connectivity to Shen’s remote sites and FirstLight’s Internet service delivers dedicated, symmetrical connectivity that can be accessed by all of the schools in the district. As a result of this project, Shenendehowa Schools increased its Internet bandwidth from 400 Mpbs to 1 Gbps, which dramatically improved network performance and positively impacted the learning environment.
“Shenendehowa Central School’s mission is to work continuously in partnership with the community to ensure that all students develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, abilities and character needed to live useful, productive and rewarding lives. FirstLight’s guaranteed uptime and services help our students to achieve,” stated Kenneth McDermith, Director of Learning Technology and Communications Services at Shenendehowa Central Schools. “We chose FirstLight due to its strong network reliability and knowledgeable local crews who can quickly respond in the event of an issue. FirstLight is focused on its customers.”
“FirstLight’s fiber-based solution enabled greater connectivity and more bandwidth, which helped to create an optimal learning environment,” stated Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO of FirstLight Fiber. “We’re excited about what this network upgrade will mean for Shenendehowa Central Schools students, educators, and administrators.”
FirstLight provides a comprehensive portfolio of secure, scalable, E-rate eligible telecommunications solutions combined with a knowledgeable staff experienced in working with K-12 districts and libraries to support advanced voice/VoIP, multicast, video and distance learning applications for single and multi-site institutions.