According to the FCC, 68% of districts in the U.S. today can’t meet the long-term, high-speed Internet connectivity needs of students. This is because schools don’t have the right infrastructure in place – and the tight school budgets make upgrades difficult.
To meet their short and long-term connectivity goals and bring gigabit Internet speeds to the classroom, Santa Fe Public Schools recently chose a new type of network technology based on fiber optics from Tellabs, called Optical LAN, for seven more schools. This follows its initial installment in one school in March 2014.
The technology gives teachers the flexibility to tailor classroom and learning tools to evolving student needs and provides students with high-speed access to digital learning tools, including apps, Wi-Fi and cloud-based networking, via computers, laptops and smartphones. On top of that, Optical LAN saves money. In one school alone, Optical LAN cost $60,000 less than the traditional copper-based alternative and is expected to save almost $2.1 million over the next decade. This means the district can use the money where it’s needed more.
For more details, you can read the full release here.