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Reliable Network is the Ultimate Teacher's Aide
June 26, 2012
School districts and universities are gearing up for the start of a new academic year, and one area that can't be overlooked is the institution's IT network. Regardless of whether they're serving a few hundred students in a single building, many thousands across a large campus, or even more across a virtual campus, the network is the backbone of academic institutions. Everything from administrative tasks to collaborations to research depends on a reliable, secure, scalable Internet connection.
Distance learning programs rely on tools like virtual class meetings, one-on-one chats with instructors, and real-time videos. And what if the school team is competing in tournament far away? The department can use the network infrastructure to broadcast the event on campus. It is challenging to provide a reliable, consistent user experience in such a multimedia environment. The Business Ethernet network must not only provide the necessary bandwidth, but also Class-of-Service features that ensure all applications perform optimally.
Educators use network-dependent tools in face-to-face courses as well. Instructors need Internet access for class preparation, and private networks host class materials like assignments and grades. A basic, public Internet infrastructure is not adequate for these many demands. Student records are confidential, and researchers work on sensitive, valuable data, so a secure system is imperative.
Innumerable users access the network, especially at large university libraries and computer labs. Slow or unreliable connections simply won't do. At finals time, students bombard networks, working on projects and using online resources 24/7. During these periods of high activity, schools can definitely benefit from tw telecom's Intelligent Network, which provides enables dynamic bandwidth on demand, in real-time.
Universities and places of learning are ideally cutting-edge institutions with access to the latest and greatest in technology. The Federal Communications Committee's eRate program is one way to supply institutions of higher learning with information technology. tw telecom is proud to have participated in this program for nearly a decade, supporting hundreds of schools and libraries.
Universities and educational institutions can rely on tw telecom for their varied, numerous network needs. With tw telecom, universities have a definite home-team advantage.