DENVER, December 6, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband communications company, and Denver Public Schools (DPS) today announced that they have been awarded a multimillion dollar, one-year federal grant to upgrade the telecommunications networks of 60 Denver public schools.
The grant, part of the ?ERATE? program, is funded by the federal Universal Service Fund, which supports network installation and upgrade projects for the nation?s schools most in need. Under the terms of the agreement, Qwest and Internet equipment manufacturer Cisco Systems, Inc., will deploy advanced data, voice and video technology to public schools in Denver?s lower-income neighborhoods.
?The Qwest and Denver Public Schools partnership helps bring about innovative solutions to learning, teaching and administration,? said Joel Arnold, executive vice president of global business markets for Qwest. ?This important network upgrade supports DPS? long-term strategy for an integrated data, voice and video network to facilitate student achievement.?
?Denver Public Schools continues to apply for additional funding from outside grants and federal programs to support the growing demand for technology in our schools,? said Bud Bullard, manager of information technology for Denver Public Schools. ?These technology infrastructure upgrades would not be possible without the Federal Communications Commission?s ERATE program. Through a competitive bidding process established by the federal government, Qwest and Cisco have ensured that we can continue to provide fast and reliable voice, video and data support to the students who attend Denver public schools.?
?Cisco is proud to be able to support Qwest and Denver Public Schools in this program,? said Dave O?Callaghan, director of operations for Mountain States for Cisco. "This public-private partnership is an excellent example of harnessing the power of theInternet and bringing it to the public schools of Denver."
Separately, in June 2000, the State of Colorado awarded Qwest a $37 million, 10-year contract to build a digital voice, video and data network to provide high-speed links to state offices and schools in all 64 counties across Colorado. Qwest recently completed phase one of the ?Multi-Use Network? or MNT, and now 38 counties are connected to the fiber-optic network, which is designed specifically to benefit Colorado?s rural areas. This partnership with the State of Colorado is another example of the private sector establishing a system for the public sector, which will help state, and local educational institutions meet their goals while stimulating economic growth throughout Colorado.
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