Wyoming agency signs network services deal with Qwest

The Wyoming Education Department has awarded a six-year, $24.7 million contract to Qwest Communications International Inc. to furnish network services for a statewide system connecting more than 400 public schools.

Under the contract, Qwest of Denver will add enhancements to the Wyoming Equality Network, including additional connectivity, greater bandwidth, improved security, voice over Internet Protocol capabilities, increased scalability and better network management.

Qwest originally worked with the state to build the network in 1998. The network connects all public schools in the state to give students and teachers access to the Internet, interschool connectivity and a connection to the statewide education network. It also provides video connections for distance education in all high schools throughout the state, thus supporting about 3,000 hours of distance learning per month.

Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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