Wide Area Network Services for Department of Education
The Department of Education ”Department” required a more reliable and robust network environment to provide connectivity to their schools.
A major City’s public school system desired over 600 schools to have networking services to provide Internet access under the Federal E-Rate Program. The Public School required a team of LAN and WLAN experts to comprehensively design, install and test each school as requested by the Public School.
The City’s Board of Education was seeking a Contractor to provide Local Area Network Services in conjunction with the Federal E-Rate Program. As a result of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which stated that the nation’s schools and libraries shall have access to advanced telecommunications services at discounted rates for educational purposes, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) made provisions for a $2.25 billion annual discount program that became known as E-Rate.
SDI as a Subcontractor to AT&T (formerly SBC) coordinated the inventory and network connectivity projects over this distributed geographic area. Both the Public School and AT&T utilized SDI as the Lead Technical Consultant for technical questions regarding this program; technical training for support staff; provided technical guidance on any components that fell outside the normal range of the project, and supported other technical vendors with their issues. In addition, SDI provided the following additional services:
SDI provided over 600 schools within the Public School with Internet Access; 8,000 pieces of equipment were installed, tested, and certified over a four-year period. SDI was called upon to create wireless security standards to govern wireless communication within the schools.
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