B is for Bandwidth

Blazing, brisk, breakneck, blistering–these words now describe Penn Manor’s Internet connection. The district just completed the installation of a new high speed network circuit that provides up to 1 Gigabit of Internet bandwidth. With 10 times more speed than before, the new circuit will help students and staff reach the online resources they need, without a wait.

Internet service is supplied by the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER), a state-wide organization devoted to fostering collaboration through technology for education, research, healthcare, libraries, workforce development, government, and economic development. KINBER built and manages the 1,800-mile Pennsylvania Research and Education Network, known as PennREN. Dozes of Pennsylvania colleges and universities, as well as all 14 PA State System of Higher Education Universities are connected via PennREN.

PennRen LogoPenn Manor High School’s new network connection transverses Millersville University‘s campus to reach the PennREN interconnection. The circuit travels along fiber cabling originally installed 15 years ago as part of a technology partnership between Penn Manor and MU.

Before the upgrade, total district Internet bandwidth was limited to 100Mbs, which is roughly three times that of an average home cable modem connection. As district technology programs expanded, the old connection was simply incapable of handling the instructional and operational needs of 5200 students and 700 staff. A tenfold increase in network speed provides a much needed boost for instructional video and other bandwidth intensive web services.

We’re thrilled to partner with KINBER, and I’m exited about the new learning opportunities available via high speed connectivity and bountiful bandwidth!