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AT&T OPT-E-MAN Solution Makes the Grade for Cook County School District 130


AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) announced today that Cook County School District 130 has awarded AT&T a five-year contract to provide the AT&T OPT-E-MAN® service across nine Cook County school locations. Providing the necessary bandwidth, reliability and security needed for today’s online education applications, the AT&T OPT-E-MAN solution extends AT&T’s relationship as the primary solutions provider for the school district.

Serving communities in Alsip, Blue Island, Crestwood and Robbins, Cook County District 130 continues to experience increased growth and classroom demands. With new interactive technology, Internet-based learning programs and online grading tools for nearly 4,000 students at 13 schools on nine campuses, the district required advanced network solutions that are both managed and secure.

“Today’s student deserves to be fully prepared for a successful future, which will undoubtedly include advanced technology tools and applications,” said John Williamsen, technology director, Cook County District 130. “With AT&T’s optical network, our schools will operate on an advanced system that enables reliable, secure and quick connectivity among locations.”

Enabling enhanced educational applications that increase student achievement, AT&T’s OPT-E-MAN solution will allow the district to handle heavy amounts of online video, voice and data traffic on optimized and prioritized bandwidth. Backed by Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) and Ethernet technology, the AT&T OPT-E-MAN solution puts Cook County District 130 in a position to deploy Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology in the future.

“Successful education and advanced technology are synonymous today,” said Virgil Pund, vice president, AT&T Midwest Government, Education and Medical Accounts. “At AT&T, we pride ourselves on quality services and continued relationships with Illinois schools as it continues to provide the frameworks that enable better opportunities for area students and teachers.”

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About Cook County School District 130
Cook County School District 130 serves nearly 4,000 students at thirteen school sites. The district serves portions of the communities of: Alsip, Blue Island, Crestwood and Robbins. Our mission is to prepare each child to have the skills needed to continue their learning throughout life. The focus of our instructional approach is to put into place a program that helps each child grow based upon baseline data gathered by assessing student performance using local assessments, the IOWA test of basic skills test and the Illinois Standards Achievement Test.

About AT&T
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