Time Warner Cable-Greensboro Division Provides High Speed Internet Service for Rockingham County Schools


GREENSBORO, N.C., March 21 // - Time Warner Cable Business Class is now providing Rockingham County Schools the latest in high speed Internet access with a managed fiber network. The new system that was completed in February, will serve all 30 locations including the Media & Technology office in Reidsville. The new network will replace the school district's existing cable modem network connecting all schools in the system and the administrative office. Each Location will have high-speed connections ranging from ten to 30 megabits per second (Mbps).

The fiber optic network provides cutting-edge technology to students and staff, permitting Internet access while allowing other applications to proceed without interruption. The single-vendor solution will be monitored and managed by Time Warner Cable Business Class, providing 24/7 support. The school district will benefit from faster network performance, better monitoring, and quicker problem resolution.

In October 2006, Dr. Rodney Shotwell, Superintendent of Schools for Rockingham County recognized that the limited 2 Mbps of service the district had to its schools was insufficient to meet the demands of increased instructional use of Internet resources. He quickly acted to remove that barrier to technology use in the classroom. This increased bandwidth will permit teachers to use Internet-based technology, especially instructional video and Web-based instructional software that will have a positive impact on student performance. Additionally, with increased use of online testing procedures by the district and the state, this higher bandwidth creates an efficient means to collect and report data to guide instruction.

"Through the upgrade in bandwidth which was provided in a timely and cost effective manner by Time Warner Cable Business Class, my vision of equipping the Rockingham County School District with the technology tools that are required for preparing the county's children for the 21st century is being realized," stated Dr. Shotwell. "In the last two years as the district's Internet service provider, Time Warner Cable Business Class has become a valued partner in our work to provide quality learning for our students."

Increasing requirements for exchanging data between schools and administrative offices, coupled with the expanding needs of students using the Internet, puts heavy pressure on older systems and technologies. Time Warner Cable system's engineers determined that schools need highly scalable and secure networks to accommodate multiple applications such as NCWISE, distance learning, and Voice over Internet Protocol. The capacity of Time Warner Cable's extensive fiber optic infrastructure is uniquely capable of providing such networks.

"North Carolina schools face the challenge of providing quality education and resources for students while working within tight budget constraints," said Bob Walcot, Vice President of Time Warner Cable Business Class. "This fiber solution helps them meet their needs with cost-effective solutions that provide superior resources and communication methods that will grow as their technology needs grow."

Time Warner Cable's widespread and extensive fiber network allows connectivity between all of a district's schools. This network employs Metro Ethernet, connecting all the school's locations throughout Rockingham County and optimizing speed and performance. Time Warner Cable owns its entire network allowing for reduced costs and the efficiency of dealing with one provider.

Schools benefit from:
o Reduced costs and improved network performance
o Scalable and dependable solutions to allow for growth in enrollment
o Enhanced knowledge sharing
o Improved student learning experiences
o More resources for teacher and students

As school systems' needs grow, so do requirements for technology. Time Warner Cable Business Class is uniquely qualified to plan and deploy networks to handle the needs of schools districts both now and in the future. "We know the need is there and we're ready and fully capable of filling that need," said Walcot.

About Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable has partnered with schools for many years with initiatives such as Cable in the Classroom and free cable service to public schools in the eleven counties served by the division. Time Warner Cable's Greensboro Division provides service to approximately 350,000 customers throughout the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina including Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Burlington, Asheboro, Thomasville, Lexington, High Point, and Rockingham County. The Greensboro Division has upgraded its cable system with fiber-optic technology providing the foundation for Digital Cable, High Definition Television (HDTV), Video on Demand, Digital Phone, Road Runner High-Speed Online Service, and Time Warner Cable Business Class. Time Warner Cable owns and manages the most technologically advanced, best-clustered cable television operations in 27 states with more than 90 percent of its 10.9 million customers in systems of 100,000 subscribers or more. It is a division of Time Warner Inc.

About Time Warner Cable Business Class

Time Warner Cable Business Class, a service of Time Warner Cable, is available in 27 states which include some of the most technologically advanced, best-clustered cable systems in the country with more than seventy- five percent of the Company's customers in systems of 300,000 subscribers or more. The company offers data, video and security solutions to provide a full complement of business communications tools. Having an established national presence, along with dedicated local teams, the company provides award-winning customer service. Supporting enterprise, government and small to medium-sized businesses with a consultative approach, Time Warner Cable Business Class is focused exclusively on individual business needs.

Source: Time Warner Cable

CONTACT: Bob Walcot of Time Warner Cable, 1-888-640-5042

Web site: www.timewarnercable.com/

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