Educators are always seeking new and innovative ways to engage students in learning. The AIU's Information Technology Division assists schools and educators incorporate leading-edge technology to achieve the maximum impact on student achievement. For more information, see this video or contact Jon Amelio at email@example.com.
The E-rate program provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. The Schools and Libraries Program supports connectivity - the conduit or pipeline for communications using telecommunications services and/or the Internet. Funding is requested under four categories of service: telecommunications services, Internet access, internal connections, and basic maintenance of internal connections.
Regional Wide Area Network
The Regional Wide Area Network (RWAN) is comprised of 41 of 42 school districts, 3 CTC’s and the AIU in Allegheny County being joined together in a hub and spoke fiber optic educational network. Members choose between a 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps connection and then choose upstream Internet connectivity based on need at a deep discount. The RWAN provides its member districts with access to the Pennsylvania state K-12 network (PAIUNET), in addition students and teachers connect to the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center’s backbone to Internet 2 for peering/caching of routes to major content providers including Microsoft, Google, etc. The RWAN is governed by an elected set of IT leaders from a cross-section of district demographics. Costs to maintain the RWAN are equally shared by the consortium membership and partially subsidized by e-Rate. This is one of the best and most economical consortium-based K-12 regional networks operating in the US.