Ten years ago, the Vineland, N.J., Public Schools and the City of Vineland embraced a daunting challenge: Create a comprehensive telecommunications network that could be shared by all city organizations. This challenge led to the installation of 28 miles of fiber-optic cable and a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) that today provides Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to all of the city's schools.

This ultra high-speed MAN supports virtually every aspect of the school system's operations--from electronic grading and attendance, to digital security cameras that monitor high school activity, to streaming video and videoconferencing. One of the many


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