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How E-Rate Helps K-12 Educators

The education system in the U.S. is facing a financial crisis. Many school systems are underfunded. Teachers are underpaid, and they often need to buy school supplies themselves. When schools lack the funds for basic necessities, investing in the technology required to take advantage of innovative learning tools becomes a challenge. Most schools want their … Read More

FirstLight’s Services Enhance Connectivity for Saratoga Springs School District

FirstLight’s Low Latency Internet and High-Quality Voice Services Provide the Foundation to Support School’s E-Learning Initiatives Albany, NY – May 15, 2018 – FirstLight, a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in the Northeast, announced today that the Saratoga Springs School District in Saratoga, NY, has selected FirstLight to provide high-speed, dedicated Internet and … Read More

Why Unified Communications Makes Sense for K through 12

Unified communications is typically thought of as an environment used for efficient employee collaboration. Workers can use a variety of communication tools and file sharing capabilities to work on projects anytime, from anywhere. However, unified communications also helps students participate in personalized learning initiatives. The trend toward personalized learning is gaining momentum. According to KnowledgeWorks, advocates … Read More

Why Disaster Recovery Is Crucial for Higher Education

Colleges and universities have become increasingly dependent on technology. Student records and research findings are digitized, many classes are conducted online, and faculty and students communicate regularly over the Internet. Institutions have multiple campuses that need to seamlessly collaborate with each other and access large volumes of data. Unfortunately, many higher education institutions don’t have … Read More

Largest Independent High School in US Chooses FirstLight

Geographically Diverse Internet Circuits and Dark Fiber WAN Meet Pinkerton Academy’s Growing Bandwidth Needs of More Than 3,500 End Users Albany, NY – February 13, 2018 – FirstLight, a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in the Northeast, announced today that Pinkerton Academy, the largest independent high school in the US, has selected FirstLight … Read More

Why a Fast Network is Key for K-12 Education

Back in 2013, connectivity goals were set for K-12 education. The goal was to guarantee 100 kilobit per second (kbps) per student at all U.S. schools. Unfortunately, many schools are falling behind on this goal. According to the 2017 State of the States report, 6.5 million students still lack access to a high-speed connection. 77% of these students attend schools … Read More

Why Speed Is Important in Higher Educational Technology

Higher educational institutions are using technology not only to maintain records and document research but also to transform the way students and professors interact. E-learning initiatives like open online courses have expanded access to education, as well as the reach and longevity of professors’ work. The Next Web, a technology news source, reports that Coursera alone … Read More