Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Qwest Delivers High-Capacity Ethernet for Utah Education Network

The Utah Education Network (UEN) has selected Qwest Communications to provide an advanced, fully managed data networking solution. Under the multi-year, multimillion-dollar agreement, Qwest will connect 21 of the state's 40 school districts to Qwest's statewide fiber-optic network. To date, Qwest has connected 300 of the 450 sites, including elementary schools, middle and high schools and administrative offices. Qwest GeoMax is a super-high-speed, high-capacity, multi-protocol, data networking solution that delivers dedicated 1 Gbps of bandwidth to most K-12 schools over a 10 Gbps backbone.

Headquartered on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, UEN is a not-for-profit education consortium serving public education, higher education and libraries throughout the state. UEN is the largest user of federal E-Rate funds in the state. Sixty percent of UEN's data network is funded through the E-Rate program -- the Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism -- with the balance from the state.