FirstLight has a history of supporting schools throughout New York and New England in their efforts to offer high-quality fiber-based connectivity to staff and students. This is in addition to providing fiber-optic data, Internet, data center, cloud and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the US Northeast, for which they are broadly recognized. FirstLight services many leading enterprises, spanning high tech manufacturing and research, hospitals and healthcare, banking and financial, secondary education, colleges and universities, and local and state governments.
The Governor’s Academy of Byfield, Massachusetts, is the latest educational institute that has selected FirstLight to provide services across its historic 450-acre campus. The FirstLight solution represents a significant upgrade over its existing network and will enhance communications campus-wide.
The Governor’s Academy is the oldest continuously operating boarding school in the United States where students in grades 9 through 12 prepare to become citizen leaders of tomorrow. More than 400 students from 23 states and 18 countries attend the school.
“Students today expect superior Internet connectivity, high bandwidth, and low latency 24-7,” explained Aaron Mandel, Director of Information Technology for The Governor’s Academy. “Students bring their own laptops here, and we depend on responsive connectivity for so many facets of education.”
FirstLight offers a robust suite of advanced telecommunications products featuring a comprehensive portfolio of high bandwidth connectivity solutions including Ethernet, wavelength and dark fiber services as well as dedicated Internet access solutions, data center, cloud and voice services, making them an excellent partner for institutions such as the Governor Academy.
“Students need reliable connectivity to collaborate on assignments with fellow students through video and teleconferencing,” continues Mandel. “They also keep in touch on-line with family and friends who, in some cases, are located across the country or in a different corner of the world, and who make up their support system. Fiber optic-based connectivity is really a lifeline for student success. Our students live on campus, so they stream Netflix, YouTube, and other applications as they would at home, and expect it to work seamlessly. They don’t want to wait for data to buffer.”