Written by Lydia Robledo Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00
Bo-TIE, one of the nation’s largest private fiber-optic networks, offered by Nassau BOCES, has made its way to the Carle Place School District, allowing students and faculty to connect to the internet twice as fast this upcoming school year.
With the ever-growing technology demands of the 21st century, Bo-TIE’s high-speed fiber-optic network could not be more welcome in today’s modern classrooms which often make use of technology-aided instruction.
“It’s innovative in terms of the school. We’re paying a much less fee for a greater service and internet-wise, it has unlimited capabilities which allows us to upgrade our security system and bring it into the 21st century,” said board of education member Anthony Bulzomi.
Bo-TIE directs all the Nassau County schools’ networks back to Nassau BOCES for the purposes of improving bandwidth and increasing shared services amongst districts, enabling quick and easy communication between schools during emergencies as well as enabling the sharing of software.
Carle Place Executive Director of Technology Richard Greenberg has spent a good part of the summer break preparing for Bo-TIE and hopes the new and innovative service will leave less time spent on uploading videos and websites and more time for instruction within the classroom.
“It’s giving us five times more bandwidth internet access speed than what we had before for the same price. When many students and teachers go onto the internet simultaneously, they won’t have to wait as long,” Greenberg stated.
Nassau BOCES began offering the service two years ago and has quickly attracted what Greenberg estimates to be about 90 percent of Nassau County school districts into adopting it. “Our district has spent the last four months working towards getting on it. We had to do a lot of technical preparation so that when that fiber optic network becomes active, all of our information can flow through it,” said Greenberg.
Previously, the school had been using Cablevision Lightpath, Inc., for internet access. “They’re still involved. We’re now getting our internet access through BOCES, but BOCES is getting their access through Cablevision, so it’s not like they’re out of the picture,” Greenberg said. “I made a pretty big deal about it because it was a pretty major endeavor on my part. That increased speed is worth being communicated,” Greenberg concluded.
Bo-TIE comes at no additional cost to the district and was already included in the budget. Instead of paying Cablevision, the district will be working directly with BOCES and will be getting more services for the price they were already paying.