Nassau BOCES is building one of the largest private fiber-optic networks in the country. Called Bo-TIE, this four-year project will connect the school districts of Nassau County, providing them with improved access to Internet and telephone services. It kicked off in summer 2011 with the connection of seven districts. It is expected to be completed in 2015.
Bo-TIE's four major goals are:
- Districts will save at least 15 percent annually on Internet and telephone expenses.
- As more districts join, additional savings will be realized through greater economies of scale.
- High speed Internet with speeds of up to 100 Mbps means each district will -- at a minimum -- have double their existing bandwidth.
- Participating districts will have enhanced and more reliable telephone service.
- Districts will have increased access to more shared services thereby increasing student and administrative efficiency.
Stability, Security and Safety
- A robust, secure network between districts sites and other schools will allow for communication during emergencies.
- It will encourage increased networking between school districts, allowing them to share common software and systems to a greater extent.
- Districts will have the capacity to store their data offsite.
Improved Student Learning
The network will provide:
- Increased high-speed Internet access to meet the growing needs of students and teachers;
- Opportunities for students to connect to the technological and academic resources necessary for 21st-century success;
- Student access to classes currently unavailable in their districts; and
- Access to video on demand for instructional use.
"The plan developed by Nassau BOCES is one of the boldest and most far-reaching I have seen. It will dramatically improve services, cut costs sharply and create a platform that will allow school districts to move forward at a rate that no single district, no matter how sophisticated, could manage on its own. This is truly revolutionary."
- Dr. John Bierwirth