School Districts and Direct Internet Access
by Joe Prchlik & Karl Seiler
100% of your school runs on technology. Think of classroom instruction, attendance, grading, payroll, and building access. Your school counts on technology to keep it running. Much like water, gas, and electricity, technology is a utility. One of the most important facets of that utility is the internet.
The internet has become a large part of everyday life – the classroom included. The demand for 24/7 connection brought to life the shared internet model. This model was successful in bringing affordable internet access to schools. Government spending and other resources helped get this cost-effective connection to schools.
While the shared model was successful at one time, it can no longer keep up with the demands of the curriculum. New schools are built to accept and deliver high-speed broadband bandwidth solutions. But, the more schools that are sharing the bandwidth, the less peak performance each receives.
In most schools, there are demands of online testing and devices like Chromebooks. Thus, the network grid at the building level needs to be robust and reliable. There must also be access to the external grid that can handle the local capacity devices draw.
Shared internet does not have the bandwidth to handle the growth of technology. But, there is another way to get affordable internet access without sacrificing speed. Direct Internet Access is a new way forward for school districts to get the internet they need.
Look for our eNews article next month to learn more about the benefits of Direct Internet Access.
Joe Prchlik is the Director of Operations and Technology at Northern Buckeye Education Council and Karl Seiler is the President of DataServ. DataServ and NBEC make up the ShareOhio partnership. ShareOhio is an OASBO Strategic Partner.
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