Lightower: Enhancing the Learning Environment with Best-in-Class Networking
In today’s education environment, cutting-edge technology and interactive tools are a must in order to engage students and keep them ahead of the curve. Facilitating this technology demands that classrooms and campuses maintain high quality connectivity that meets capacity needs. Increasing budget constraints, as well as limited IT staffs, have put schools and universities under pressure to rely on their network provider more than ever before to provide cost-effective and reliable services, as well as best-in-class support.
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Laptop use in the classroom is growing 25% each year. As the demand for learning environments that cater to a “connected classroom” grows, it is important that institutions and school districts maintain reliable, secure, and scalable networking solutions. Lightower has been a certified E-rate service provider for over a decade—this means that Lightower has the experience required to leverage and maximize the available benefits offered through the program. Under the direction of the FCC, the E-rate program makes data network and Internet access services available through the Schools and Libraries Program, and can offer eligible institutions and school districts discounts of up to 90%.
Lightower understands the complex relationships that exist between higher education institutions and the storage, security, and accessibility of critical data. Moreover, Lightower possesses extensive experience working with IT departments that are on a tight budget and must prove ROI on their investments. To date, Lightower has provided tailored solutions to nearly 50 leading education and research institutions along the Northeast Corridor.
Government Contract Vehicles
Lightower is an authorized vendor to state and federal agencies and offers networking services under certain government contract vehicles. For states where Lightower is not an authorized vendor, agencies may be able to purchase services based on a contract Lightower has with another state.
For more information on Lightower Government contract vehicles, including specific contract vehicles and agency eligibility, please see our Government Solutions.
Lightower participates in the E-Rate Program and maintains a service provider identification number (SPIN) used for all qualifying E-Rate services. We are able to provide E-Rate funding discounts on an invoice via the Service Provider Invoice (SPI) Form 474, or by check using the Billed Entity Application Reimbursement (BEAR) Form 472.
MiCTA – Michigan Collegiate Telecommunications Association
Lightower is also an authorized vendor to Higher Education and K-12 through MiCTA and an established Master Services Agreement (MSA). MiCTA is a national organization that provides its E-Rate members the option of purchasing under the MiCTA MSA.