|By Business Wire||
|April 9, 2014 04:05 PM EDT||
More than 50,000 students and teachers in the Anchorage School District (ASD) will have access and increased capacity to new Web-based learning tools, virtual classrooms and faster, reliable Internet thanks to the district’s new technology plan with partner Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK), Alaska's leading broadband solutions provider.
Alaska Communications and ASD signed a multi-year agreement that extends a long standing relationship between the two organizations. Under this agreement, Alaska Communications will provide enhanced broadband services, including faster broadband speeds and a private wireless network, to the district’s more than 100 locations to meet ASD’s growing technology and educational needs.
Alaska Communications will assist ASD in meeting its educational objectives by:
- Increasing bandwidth to all schools and facilities, 95 of which will be served by fiber-optic cable by early 2015.
- Deploying private network access to 4G LTE wireless services to provide high-speed, secure and reliable access to Web-based learning tools and student records.
- Providing a wireless affinity program available to ASD students, families and employees with additional discounts on wireless devices and plans, enabling more students to access electronic learning tools at home and in the classroom.
- Partnering Alaska Communications subject matter experts with ASD staff to develop technologies and bring new learning tools to the classroom.
“We’re delighted to provide Anchorage School District with these services to ensure our community’s students, teachers and parents can access secure, high-speed, reliable Internet and to develop technologies to pursue educational goals,” Alaska Communications President and CEO Anand Vadapalli said.
About Alaska Communications
Headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK) is a leading provider of high-speed wireless, mobile broadband, Internet, local, long-distance and advanced broadband solutions for businesses and consumers in Alaska. The Alaska Communications network includes advanced broadband and voice networks and the most diverse undersea fiber optic system connecting Alaska to the contiguous United States. For more information, please visit www.alaskacommunications.com or www.alsk.com.
About Anchorage School District
The Anchorage School District (ASD) educates almost 48,000 students in the Southcentral Alaska communities of Anchorage, Eagle River, Chugiak and Girdwood. ASD has more than 130 schools and programs and is one of the 100 largest school districts in the country.