Sunday, March 1, 2009

Navajo Nation Establishes 100 Mbps Distance Learning Bridges

The Northeast Arizona Technological Institute of Vocational Education (N.A.T.I.V.E.) has established a 100 Mbps Ethernet based microwave radio network that connects all of the eight member district high schools for delivering career technical instruction. Conterra Telecom Services (Conterra), a national broadband services company specializing in rural areas, won a five-year contract for the project through the U.S. federal E-Rate program.

The N.A.T.I.V.E. district spans 22,000 square miles throughout three counties, servicing an average of 4,000 students annually. The average distance between N.A.T.I.V.E. high schools is 101 miles and 78% of student traveled roads to school are unpaved.

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