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Press Release -- January 10th, 2010
Source: Optimum Lightpath
Tags: Ethernet, Video

3RD Largest Digital School District In The Nation Selects Optimum Lightpath To Enable 21St Century Learning

New Jersey’s Howell Township School District Goes Digital, Increases Bandwidth to Provide More Advanced Educational Services At A lower Cost.

JERICHO, NY, January 10, 2010 – Optimum LightpathSM, a market leader in Ethernet-based communication solutions for New York metropolitan area businesses, today announced that New Jersey-based Howell Township School District has selected Optimum Lightpath as its telecommunications provider. The switch from the incumbent provider to Optimum Lightpath has enabled Howell Townships 12 schools, 6,800 students and 1,500 teachers to realize greater operational efficiencies and enhanced instructional processes.

More Bandwidth, Faster Internet and Voice Services for Less

Recognized as the third largest digital school district in the nation, for its size, the Howell Township School District quickly outgrew its ATM network. As overall Internet connectivity and connections between buildings slowed significantly, the district could no longer implement new technologically advanced initiatives for students and faculty. To meet its IT, operational and educational needs, Howell Township School District turned to Optimum Lightpath to replace its T1 ATM technology with an advanced Ethernet-based Private Fiber Network running at Gigabit speeds, in addition to its popular Internet and voice service bundle. With Optimum Lightpath, the district increased its bandwidth from 6 megabits to 50 megabits, enabling faster, more efficient support of advanced digital education applications for less.

Empowering 21st Century Education and Increased Efficiencies

Optimum Lightpath has given us a great solution, and economically, it’s been a great decision, said Tom Aquino, Howell Township School District Director of Information Technology. Now we are exploring all kinds of things we could not do before: using teleconferencing, conducting video conferencing with NASA and the national archives, deploying SMART Boards, using WebEx to increase efficiencies, and using podcasts for teaching and research. Service has been solid as a rock and we look forward to using it more and more.

Howell Township School District is a shining example of the evolution of a digital classroom and an innovative digital school district, said Dave Pistacchio, President of Optimum Lightpath. As our smart schools continue to deploy fiber-to-their-business and more efficient voice, data, Internet and video technologies, they join the area’s most sophisticated businesses, and the Optimum Lightpath smart community.

Optimum Lightpath has selected Howell Township School District for its Customer Spotlight of the Month for January 2010.

About Optimum Lightpath

Optimum Lightpath, a division of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC, news, filings), is an industry leader in providing advanced Ethernet-based data, Internet, voice, video transport solutions and managed services to businesses across the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metropolitan area. Optimum Lightpath’s Network is a highly reliable, resilient and scalable fiber-to-the-business-premises network extending more than 3,700 route miles and is connected to more than 3,500 buildings. Exclusively focused on meeting customer needs in the world’s largest business market for 20 years, Optimum Lightpath has been continually recognized for its high level of customer service. For 11 straight years, the New York State Public Service Commission has given Optimum Lightpath its Commendation of Excellence. Optimum Lightpath has received many industry awards for innovation and leadership. For more information, visit

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