The Duval County school system in Florida can expect to save more than $900,000 a year on internet access, local officials say, thanks to a deal it negotiated with cable franchise MediaOne. In exchange for providing hub sites for MediaOne on school property, the district will get a high-speed network connecting more than 150 schools and administrative offices at no cost.

"We've crafted a pretty interesting situation," said Scott Futrell, Duval County's technology director. "It's a good arrangement for both sides."

The 15-year contract, which was approved by the school...

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