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Press Release -- September 10th, 2012
Source: Optimum Lightpath

Optimum Lightpath Announces 2012 New Jersey Education Technology Grant Program And Conference

Provider of Ethernet-based telecommunications services to New Jersey schools will award up to $100,000 in grants to help K-12 schools advance technology use; host event on latest tech-based strategies to transform classrooms.

JERICHO, NY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 –Optimum Lightpath®, a market leader in Ethernet-based communication solutions for New York metropolitan area businesses, today announced that it will award up to $100,000 in grants to help New Jersey K-12 schools continue to expand use of technology for teaching and learning. The grant application process is now open and winners will be announced at the Optimum Lightpath New Jersey Education Technology Conference, which will be held November 13, 2012 at The Palace in Somerset, New Jersey. To date, the Optimum Lightpath Transforming Education with Technology grant program has awarded more than $250,000 to schools in the New York metro area.

“Since Optimum Lightpath began its education grant program in 2010, more than 350 K-12 schools have submitted applications detailing plans to integrate technology into curriculums,” said Julia McGrath, senior vice president of marketing and business development, Optimum Lightpath. “We are so inspired by the education advancements that our local schools are actively pursuing and proud that we’re able to help put some of these tech-based programs on the fast track with important grant dollars.”

Taking Learning To The Next Level

To continue helping New Jersey schools implement transformational technologies in the classroom, the Optimum Lightpath 2012 Transforming Education with Technology grant program will award up to $100,000 across selected schools. The program is available to New Jersey public and private elementary and secondary schools based in Cablevision’s service area. Grants will be awarded based on criteria that include how a school would use the awarded funds to:

–      Use technology to improve instruction;

–      Promote the use of technology to improve the overall education experience for students;

–      Utilize new technology to promote distance learning; and

–      Create new school initiatives around new technologies.

For program details and to determine eligibility, please visit The deadline for submissions is October 10, 2012.

“The Optimum Lightpath grant program has created opportunities for our school to deploy technology that has truly impacted learning,” said Lisa Gross, principal of Fernbrook Elementary School, which won an Optimum Lightpath grant in 2010. “Our students have become more involved in the discussion of world events, and have been given a platform to discuss their own accomplishments outside of school. These experiences will play an important role in their ongoing education.”

The Power of Transformational Technology in the Classroom

The Optimum Lightpath New Jersey Education Technology Conference will focus on top technology issues and the emerging opportunities that New Jersey schools have to leverage new technologies for enhanced student learning experiences. It will attract New Jersey superintendents, school business administrators, IT managers and principals.

The event will be held November 13, 2012 at The Palace at 333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, New Jersey. The event program will run 8:30-11:00 AM. There is no cost to attend. For more information, please visit

Optimum Lightpath works extensively with schools throughout the New York metropolitan area to transform education in the classroom. Schools that have deployed services from the Optimum Lightpath Education Services Suite have cut costs, considerably increased bandwidth and enhanced teaching and learning. For more information about the work Optimum Lightpath has done in the education sector, visit:

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 metropolitan area. Optimum Lightpath’s Network is a highly reliable, resilient, and scalable fiber-to-the-business-premises network extending more than 5,000 route miles connecting more than 5,500 fiber-lit locations. 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 14 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, most recently being named the 2011 North American Regional Service Provider of the Year by MEF. For more information, visit

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