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Wednesday, February 04, 2004

 

Florida: City of Leesburg to provide Lake County schools with fiber

In Florida, the City of Leesburg's municipal utility will supply county schools with fiber, in spite of obstacles raised by incumbent telco Sprint, the school's current telecom provider:
"The district voted last week to enter into a contract with the City of Leesburg that would allow for installation of fiber-optic lines that would increase bandwidth available to schools through the Internet. With the new contract, teachers, administrators and students will be able to access video-conferences — something that has not possible with the current system.

During the past six years, the technology department has been using a wide area network of telephone lines that allow all schools and departments to have Internet access. The district had a contract with Sprint, who maintained those lines.

Dennis Reid, board member, said that when Sprint learned the district did not intend to renew the entire $141,000 contract, the district ran into some snags. 'Sprint did not like the idea of us switching over, so they made things difficult,' he said."

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