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Press Release -- November 21st, 2011
Source: Champion ONE
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Georgia School District Optimizes Fiber Optic Network

Partnership key to dramatically reducing annual costs

BEACHWOOD, OH – November 08, 2011 –Effingham County School District of Springfield, Georgia, was challenged recently when the economic downturn reduced revenues from both state and local sources, forcing the district to reduce costs while maintaining the innovative technologies it had implemented over the past several years. One area of focus was its fiber optic network. Even though the district needed to cut costs, it was imperative that it maintain the bandwidth required to maintain its technology-focused programs, including its website. Thanks to a partnership with Champion ONE, a global provider of carrier-grade fiber optic solutions, the district was able to optimize its fiber optic network while maintaining continuity of service and realizing a substantial decrease in network-related costs.

Composed of 14 schools, Effingham County School District prides itself on adopting cutting-edge technology to provide a top-notch level of education for its traditional and career academy students.

“Technology is vitally important to this school district’s day-to-day mission,” said Jeff Lariscy, technology and media services coordinator for the school district. “In addition, about 95 percent of the central office’s applications are web-based. We need to keep them operating optimally.”

Upon researching options for maintaining the district’s network, Effingham County schools found Champion ONE, a global company that provides an extensive line of carrier-grade optical network products and that is known for its superior service, pricing and support. Included in its product portfolio, Champion ONE provides a line of single-fiber or bi-directional transceivers, a technology that allows a single fiber optic cable to both send and receive a full duplex signal across a single strand of fiber. By adopting this technology, Effingham County schools stood to double their data-carrying capacity and reduce leasing costs significantly by reclaiming half of their fiber strands that were no longer necessary. After hearing great reviews of Champion ONE’s service from other academic institutions, the school district decided to move forward with optimizing their network.

“The educational community is under tremendous pressure to manage their costs in these tough economic conditions,” said Keith Lewis, Director of Marketing, Champion ONE.  “School districts across the country are especially faced with shrinking budgets as tax revenues fall.  Leveraging single fiber optics is just one way they can maintain the same level of network services while substantially reducing their cost structure.”

Working with Champion ONE, Effingham County schools were able to greatly optimize their district’s fiber plant, use previously unavailable digital optical monitoring for real-time monitoring of their transceivers and cut its fiber costs by 50 percent, or approximately $25,000 per year.

“The Champion ONE solution has allowed us to continue to provide the robust network our educational programs require and the cost savings are phenomenal,” Lariscy said.

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About Champion ONE

Champion ONE is a global supplier of standards-based, carrier-grade network solutions for clients in the education, service provider, enterprise, healthcare and government sectors. The company’s transceivers, optical filters and accessories, and optical systems are optimized for use with the industry’s leading OEM platforms. Putting an emphasis on providing In A Class By Itself Service™ to its customers, Champion ONE provides products that are backed by an exceptional warranty and consistently superior support. For additional information on Champion ONE, call 800-860-7466 or visit our website atwww.championone.net.

About Effingham County Schools

Effingham County School District is located in Springfield, Georgia and is composed of 14 schools, including two high schools, a college and career academy. The district is dedicated to adopting emerging technologies that help redefine the teaching methods. Effingham school district seeks to provide rigorous and relevant instruction in a safe environment that enables all students to obtain a high school diploma as a foundation for post secondary success.  For more information on Effingham County Schools, please visit our website at www.effinghamschools.com.

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