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AT&T Helps South Carolina

AT&T Business Provides Fiber-based Services to Enable Connectivity and Networking for Public Schools

The State of South Carolina Department of Administration (Admin), through a competitive procurement selection process, awarded AT&T* a contract to provide data transport services for 82 public school districts in the state, covering more than 730,000 students.
AT&T and Segra collaborated to provide Ethernet Virtual Private Networking (VPN) connectivity to approximately 1,200 schools and libraries statewide to increase network capacity and offer faster speeds.
“The organizations that make up the K-12 School Technology Initiative all strive to ensure that public school students in South Carolina – regardless of location or background – are afforded the technology, infrastructure and educational content necessary to be successful in today’s highly competitive, data-driven marketplace,” said South Carolina CIO Keith Osman. “AT&T and Segra have proven their commitment to the K-12 data network by providing a highly-secure and reliable Ethernet network, cost effective rates, and tremendous support for the end users in our schools and libraries.”

AT&T has worked with the State of South Carolina on its technology initiatives in education for more than 20 years with the shared goal of advancing student learning. Maintaining a high-functioning network requires robust and aggressive application of network and data standards. With this new contract, Admin can rely on AT&T to not only provide the Ethernet network, but also the option of installing and managing routers at each site. This lets schools and libraries focus on their core educational roles while offloading the technical work to AT&T.
“As education institutions deliver content online and drive smart, connected campuses, networks need to keep up — in scale and accessibility. Keeping pace requires innovation and flexibility,” said Jane Sosebee, President, AT&T South Carolina. “South Carolina’s leaders understand the commitment needed to ensure crucial resources are available for students and educators. And, we’re happy to help them achieve their educational and technology goals today and into the future.”