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Press Release -- March 9th, 2010
Source: Optimum Lightpath
Tags: Ethernet, Video

Wall Township Public Schools Switches To Optimum Lightpath For Big Bandwidth Boost And Significant Savings

New Jersey Public School District Cuts Annual Telecommunications Spend By $80,000 While Better Connecting Students And Teachers To A World Of Learning Opportunities

JERICHO, NY, March 9, 2010 – Optimum Lightpath® a market leader in Ethernet-based communication solutions for New York metropolitan area businesses, today announced that New Jersey-based Wall Township Public Schools has selected Optimum Lightpath as its telecommunications provider. Replacing Verizon, the thirteen year incumbent service provider, Optimum Lightpath helped the District save $80,000 annually while providing speed and service far beyond their expectations for their budget. As a result, more than 5,400 faculty, staff and students across seven schools have access to a dramatically improved technology experience both in the school and at home.

Making A Sophisticated Network Soar

Wall Township Public Schools was operating an advanced network that consisted of privately owned fiber between buildings and 40 application servers powering a thin client environment that served several thousand clients throughout the district. Despite a fast and robust core network, the District's low-speed 3 megabit Internet connection limited learning opportunities in the classroom. Further, phone service costs were expensive and varied greatly from month to month. To meet strong demand from teachers and students to access an enormous amount of online content in the classroom and better deliver a premium "connect from home" experience, the District initially set out to upgrade to a 45 megabit connection. It was surprised to learn that it could actually boost bandwidth speeds to 100 megabits, pay a flat rate for phone service and consolidate everything onto one bill while still saving $80,000 per year.

A World Of Difference

"We fully expected to stick with our incumbent service provider but were simply blown away by the amount of speed Optimum Lightpath was able to deliver while still saving us money," said Jeffrey Janover, Director of Technology, Wall Township Public Schools. "What solidified the decision for us was the premiere customer service that has accompanied the switch. The Optimum Lightpath team that supports us is extremely responsive, always follows through and is there when we need them. After just a few months of service, we're already recommending Optimum Lightpath to other municipal services in the area."

"While our robust, cutting edge network is built to meet the complex needs of even the most demanding New York metro area businesses, we also recognize that for many of our customers, cost, speed and customer service is driving their purchasing decisions," said Dave Pistacchio, President of Optimum Lightpath. "Optimum Lightpath understands the distinct needs of school districts throughout our footprint and works with them to deliver the right technology at the right price with service that can't be beat. As a result, we can transform the way faculty, staff and students use technology to access a world of learning opportunities, often while delivering cost savings along the way."

"Operating with a tight budget can make it challenging to deploy a technology-infused education program," continued Janover. "With Optimum Lightpath, we are able to truly leverage the strength of our existing network to deliver the robust curriculum that our students deserve. And since the switch, we now have a platform that can scale as our needs grow. When the time comes to upgrade, we know that the Optimum Lightpath service and team are ready when we are."

Optimum Lightpath has selected Wall Township Public Schools for its Customer Spotlight of the Month for March 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 3,900 route miles and is connected to more than 3,800 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 www.optimumlightpath.com.

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Cablevision
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