DENVER – Sept. 16, 2010 today announced completion of Colorado’s Cherry Creek School District Number 5 (CCSD) dedicated fiber-network. Now more than 65 schools and administrative offices, including the new Institute of Science and Technology, are interconnected at speeds of up to 10 Gigabits per second. With students no back in school, their high-speed connections via Qwest GEOMAX® are driving bandwidth-rich applications like streaming video across multiple classrooms and buildings.

With Qwest’s GEOMAX service, the district can leverage one secure network for all its VoIP, video and educational applications and directly support the CCSD’s Guaranteed & Viable Technology (GVT) initiative which provides and guarantees adequate and up-to-date technology be used for instruction by teachers in classrooms.


  • Qwest GEOMAX provides Cherry Creek Schools with increased bandwidth availability and is an integral part of the district’s business continuity and disaster recovery plans.
  • With the new, fiber-based technology, the district will be able to meet its significant and growing data, video and voice transmission needs and load share among mission-critical systems.
  • More and more school districts such as Cherry Creek are implementing data and IP communications solutions and tapping federal funding like E-rate to create affordable, integrated networks that support the evolving needs of today’s educators, and the potential of today’s students with feature-rich applications.
  • The baseline of the GVT is to equip every teacher with a tablet mobile computer with high-speed connection to the Internet in the classroom. In addition, every instructional classroom will contain a multi-media projector and sound system. 


Ben Startzer, chief information officer for Cherry Creek School District No. 5:

“By expanding our partnership with Qwest, we’re on a path to reach our goal of elevating the performance of all students and closing the achievement gap between the highest- and lowest-performing students. By leveraging Qwest technology, the district is helping ensure that all students graduate with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century.”

Sharon Montgomery, vice president, Qwest Government and Education Solutions

Education is key to developing productive, prosperous communities. That’s why Qwest is proud to support K-12 students and teachers with technology solutions like GEOMAX. We are equally proud that our customer service, response times, and overall project management are very important reasons why Cherry Creek School District continues to turn to Qwest as its technology partner.” 


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