January 19, 2015 (ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Half-way through the school-year, the Sherburne Earlville Central School District is enjoying multiple benefits from its broadband upgrade to a 1 Gig fiber connection from ION Communications.
“Our schools have always been at the forefront of using advanced technology in the classroom,” said Eric Turner, Computer Coordinator & Network Administrator for the Sherburne Earlville Central School District. “We never wanted a lack of access to technology to be a barrier for our students’ learning.”
“Things like the expanded the use of multimedia in classrooms, the use of computers in both classroom and lab settings during instruction, and our movement towards 1-1 technology implementation all required more bandwidth,” said Turner. “ION was able to provide a very cost effective expansion from 200M to 1Gig, allowing the district to better support all of these initiatives.”
Located in rural northern Chenango County, New York, the district is combined district made up of previous school districts from Lebanon, Poolville, Earlville, Smyrna, North Norwich, and Sherburne. Extending the ION network to reach the district’s schools by the start of the school-year required tremendous team work from the district administration, ION, and the Sherburne Electric Department, an entity of the Sherburne municipal government.
“We never could have delivered the 1 Gig of fiber-based Internet to these schools without tremendous support from the Sherburne Municipal Electric Department, which worked tirelessly for more than two months to prepare area utility poles to ensure that our fiber could reach the schools by the start of the school-year,” said Joseph Calzone, President of Albany-based ION Communications.
Recent infrastructure investments have significantly expanded ION’s delivery of high-speed data services up to 100 Gbps to commercial, education, health care, government, and telecommunications customers throughout much of New York State.