CACHEBOX wins E-rate Fairplay award
ApplianSys is pleased to announce that Park County School District RE-2 in Fairplay, Colorado, has selected CACHEBOX to save bandwidth and speed up web access at its schools.
By storing internet content and serving it locally, caching expands a school’s bandwidth capacity and delivers content at LAN speeds.
In 2014, the USA’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made funding available specifically for caching solutions, via the E-rate program (Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund). This was good news for Park County’s Technical Manager, Jesse Mair, who is responsible for maintaining the district’s internet connectivity within its limited IT budget.
Park County has four schools on a single site, connected to the internet over a 7Mbps link. This caters for around 500 students and 100 staff members.
During peak times, bandwidth was saturated by large files like software updates and videos. This caused slow speeds in the classroom, frustrating teachers and wasting lesson time.
So, when Jesse learned that a caching server could be purchased with E-rate funding, he knew that an appliance would be a simple, cost-effective way to optimise bandwidth and improve internet speed.
Having assessed other caching appliances, he liked the fact that CACHEBOX was engineered with the particular needs of schools in mind, and was impressed at just how affordable it was. CACHEBOX Sales Executive Sophie Clark comments: “CACHEBOX is a dedicated caching appliance designed and priced specifically for schools. Add to the fact that it’s fully E-rateable and it’s the obvious choice for US school districts like Park County.”
Park County School District RE-2 was established in 2002 and is part of the Guffey Community Charter School. Located in Fairplay, Colorado, it has 4 schools – pre-school, elementary, middle and high school.