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Schools cut 'Wired Road' ties

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The Carroll school system hopes to see more consistent service by dropping the regional provider. Educators say fiber optic connections will be more reliable than wireless.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — Fiber optic connections to 10 locations, reliability and a lower price point were factors that led the Carroll School Board to sign up with a major telecom provider.
Century Link won the bid after the school board sought better service to its schools to support Internet and network communications districtwide, according to information from the schools. Technology such as SmartBoards, Internet applications and online testing caused significant growth in the bandwidth needed to run those programs.


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