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Eye On Boise

Post Falls firm offers broadband service, transition help to Idaho schools

Ednetics, a Post Falls-based tech firm, has sent an email out to Idaho school districts pitching its broadband service, now that districts need to find new broadband providers, and offering to save districts money over the cost of the previous Idaho Education Network. “As an Idaho resident with two children in the Idaho public school system, I have a strong desire to see Idaho’s schools among the top in the nation,” wrote Ednetics President Shawn Swanby. “At Ednetics, we have been following the IEN issue very closely. We care deeply about the outcome as the technical and fiscal results will impact the state and our children for years to come.”

His firm is offering Idaho school districts a managed network service that Swanby says will cost districts far less than published IEN pricing and provide six times the bandwidth; the pitch includes this flier. Ednetics also is partnering with Boise-based Cradlepoint to offer transition services to schools. The Ednetics pitch to school districts follows one last week from Nashville-based Education Networks of America, who with Qwest Communications, now CenturyLink, held the now-voided $60 million contract for the IEN broadband network for Idaho high schools.

Here’s the rest of Swanby’s email message:

Idaho schools are in the position to obtain services directly with service providers for the short term as well as the next funding year. We understand the urgency of this decision and encourage you to consider your options.

Options for short term and transitional service provide a chance for a fresh start. Ednetics Connect is a high performance managed network that is ready for current and future requirements. The Ednetics Connect network is optimized for the delivery of public and private cloud services. It allows for application prioritization and uses detailed monitoring to ensure the highest performance of critical applications including voice, video, student testing, and security.

Ednetics is offering the following services to assist Idaho schools with this transition:

Cost Competitive Managed Network Service
To date, schools moving to Ednetics Connect for the remainder of the school year will have a combined savings of over $50,000 / month vs published IEN pricing and are receiving an average of 6 times more bandwidth.

No Cost Domain Name Services to any Idaho School Regardless of Provider 
Ednetics will provide DNS and DNS help desk services at no cost to any Idaho school from now until June 30, 2016 regardless of the district’s chosen service provider.

No Cost and Low Cost Transitional Service
Ednetics has partnered with Cradlepoint, a Boise-based leader in cellular routing technology, to provide rapidly deployable enterprise 4G LTE / 3G service at a low monthly fee or at no cost for any customer entering into an Ednetics Connect contract.

Please see the attached data sheet for Ednetics Connect and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We are ready to help make this transition as painless as possible and look forward to hearing from you.


Shawn Swanby

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