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Florence Unified School District Provides 21st Century Learning Environment with Trillion Broadband WAN Services District-vendor partnership results in cost savings, fewer IT headaches, and mission critical infrastructure for advanced technology use in the classroom AUSTIN, Texas ( October 8, 2008 ) ' To keep pace with the demand for digital resources and its growing educational technology needs, Florence Unified School District teamed up with Trillion Partners Inc for a secure, high-speed broadband wide area network ( WAN ). The partnership with Trillion, the nation's largest provider of WAN and Voice over IP ( VoIP ) services to K-12 school districts, has enabled the district to increase its network bandwidth 50 fold and improve IT staff efficiency by 25 percent, while saving more than $100, 000 each year ( based on staff time, software licensing fees, and travel costs ). The Florence Unified School District, located in Florence, Arizona, one hour outside of Phoenix, covers 955 square miles and serves over 7, 000 K-12 students, educators and administrators on seven school campuses. Since 2000, the district has grown at a rate of 385 percent. With such an extensive geographical area and rapid expansion, the district needed a network that could provide dependable, high-level performance and connect its schools to the latest Web-based educational tools and resources. Trillion deployed a high speed licensed microwave network and provides ongoing 24 x 7 x 365 monitoring and management of the network services. The broadband infrastructure enabled the district to pursue a new initiative to increase the use of digital resources in the classroom. Over the school year, the district implemented online educational software, a learning management system, white boards, and a student response system ; installed more than 1, 000 new computer workstations ; and increased its distance education programs.