LOS LUNAS, N.M., May 25, 2010 – Students in the Los Lunas School District now have access to state-of-the-art e-learning technologies via a new, district-wide managed voice and data network from Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q).
The Qwest solution combines the benefits of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), the security of a redundant high-speed broadband data network, and the convenience of a managed Ethernet platform to connect each of the district’s 16 schools and the office administration building with data transmission speeds up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps).
- The Los Lunas School district utilizes Qwest Metro Optical Ethernet service for local area data networking between its schools and the office administration building. The service is ideal for e-learning initiatives, data file transfer, mail and file server services, and application services.
- The school district is reducing operating costs and increasing the flexibility of its voice communications by utilizing Qwest VoIP. More than 1,000 VoIP telephone sets were installed – one in every classroom.
- Under the agreement, Qwest is responsible for installation, maintenance, repair, online configurations and network monitoring.
- About 80 percent of the cost of the network came from funds in the federal E-Rate program. E-Rate provides discounts to assist schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access.
Terry Othick, chief operations officer and director of technology, Los Lunas School District
“We wanted a technology solution to enable effective classroom learning and curriculum development for our students and teachers without creating complex technical support and network management requirements. We can now provide students and teachers better access to 21st-century learning resources while focusing on what we do best – educating today’s youth.”
Sharon Montgomery, vice president, Qwest Government and Education Solutions