Superintendent's Memo #088-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

April 16, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Broadband Services Contract

Affordable access to various broadband services has been widely identified as a key component to economic growth, particularly in remote locations that previously have not had such access. To that end, the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) recently awarded 14 statewide contracts for broadband services. These contracts provide all Virginia public bodies access to a variety of competitively priced broadband technologies, bandwidth offerings and discounted month-to-month rate plans. These contracts streamline the process and generate cost savings by reducing monthly recurring service fees and upfront staff time. The broadband options include:

To better assist localities, VITA also has developed an online search for broadband services and pricing using ZIP codes. The Web search returns a list of contracts for services available in the ZIP code where the broadband services are to be installed. The ZIP code search and list of broadband contracts may be accessed here: http://www.vita.virginia.gov/procurement/BroadBandZipSearch.cfm.
For more information on the broadband contracts, please contact the division of Supply Chain Management at VITA via e-mail at supplier.report@vita.virginia.gov.

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