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Place: Grimes, Iowa
The City of Grimes, in the heart of Iowa, is a small community with a big vision for urban growth. The challenge was to attract businesses and a broader population to an area where connectivity was patchy and an effective technology infrastructure did not exist.
Through constituent consultation the City identified a primary need for high speed Internet. After deciding that designing a fiber installation was difficult and costly on their own they partnered with Mediacom Business and implemented a scalable broadband solution that local businesses could connect to.
Now that the City of Grimes is connected through fiber they are able to:
As a developing community Grimes realized the importance of hard wired broadband infrastructure in their plan to grow and flourish, and partnering with Mediacom Business allowed them to install the right solution that accommodates both current and future needs.
About The City of Grimes
Founded in 1881, incorporated in 1894, and named for James W. Grimes, former senator and third governor of the state of Iowa, Grimes today offers a friendly Midwestern atmosphere and a sense of community. Located at the northwest threshold of the Des Moines Metropolitan region, Grimes enjoys easy access to the amenities of metropolitan life while maintaining all the advantages of a small hometown.
Brewton City Schools in rural Alabama (pop. 5,498) needed to upgrade its broadband access for students, teachers and administrators – understanding it was essential to provide the type of educational platform that would put their students ahead of the curve.
"Providing high-speed Internet for students is very similar to providing water and electricity in the classroom," notes Lynn D. Smith, Superintendent of Brewton City Schools. "It’s critical nowadays."
The district turned to Mediacom Business, who provided the school with the broadband connectivity and scalability via a robust fiber network. This reliable fiber backbone was essential to conduct the latest in e-learning curriculum, online testing and more so for the centralization of student records/grades. This bandwidth allows the administration to access this data simultaneously and instantaneously - right down to knowing where a student is at any given moment or watching 30 security cameras on an iPad.
Bret Dehoff, technology coordinator for Brewton City Schools, oversees a team of 2, maintaining 650 devices in 3 schools. His plate is full so he needs to rely on a provider who has the expertise to manage and monitor the network his school’s connection runs over. Still, "there isn’t enough time in the day to maintain everything," Dehoff explains. When there is an issue, "Mediacom is out there fixing it and I’m not down for 3 weeks," he continues. Even Superintendent Smith echoes Dehoff’s sentiment. "My job is to oversee schools, it’s not to have our fiber repaired," says Smith.
Mediacom Business cut the school’s broadband bill in half from their previous provider, which means that Dehoff can now purchase additional devices – that is huge for an education budget the district’s size.
On Friday, July 11, 2014 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a plan to phase out funding for antiquated technologies, like pagers and dial-up phone service, under a program known as E-rate and to redirect $2 billion to boost wireless Internet connectivity in U.S. schools and libraries over the next two years. As an accredited Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) service provider, Mediacom Business has the experience, expertise and certifications to support the FCC’s new plan via our fiber network. The broadband conversation couldn’t be more important for schools right now.
"Connectivity allows rural areas most affected by poverty to access opportunities that they would not otherwise have," explains Vanessa Shelburne, 7th Grade Science Teacher at Brewton Middle School.
"We couldn't do any e-learning, distance learning or virtual field trips without fiber," explains Dehoff.
"Our goal is to meet the needs of each child individually, and that is a very large goal," notes Anne Lambert, principal of Brewton Elementary. Lambert discusses how Internet technologies allow for each child to learn at his or her own pace so that there is no more ‘teaching to the middle.’
Indeed, Mediacom Business, by providing cost-effective fiber solutions to Brewton City Schools, is allowing for each child to receive a proper education.
"You have to have a way to access that great world of information, and bring it to all," advocates Lambert.
Imagine having to travel 4-5 hours away from home simply to access essential medical facilities for tests, treatment or to care for a loved one. This used to be the challenging situation for residents of Carbondale and surrounding rural areas in Southern Illinois - that was until high capacity broadband via Mediacom Business’ fiber network became available.
Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH), the major health provider in the area, connects 3 hospitals, 21 clinics and 3,400 staff. Powered by Mediacom Business’ fiber network, the centralization of data and connectivity between locations has allowed for a level of communication that has propelled the level of healthcare SIH is providing.
With a connected system designed to accommodate current and future needs, Southern Illinois Healthcare can now:
With a flexible network that is scalable, reliable and secure, Southern Illinois Healthcare is now in a position to effectively service the community while connecting with the rest of the world to ensure that they are providing the most up to date healthcare services. This is possible because of the robust fiber connection provided by Mediacom Business.
About Southern Illinois Healthcare
Southern Illinois Healthcare is a not-for-profit integrated health system with over 3,400 employees. It comprises over twenty facilities, including three inpatient hospitals, two clinics, two physician office buildings, an urgent care and dedicated centers that include neuro, cancer, heart, sleep and rehabilitation.
About Carbondale, Illinois
Carbondale is a city in Jackson County, Illinois, United States, within the Southern Illinois region informally known as "Little Egypt". The city is 96 miles (154 km) southeast of St. Louis, Missouri, on the northern edge of the Shawnee National Forest. Carbondale is the home of the main campus of Southern Illinois University. The city has a population of 25,902, and it is the state's 20th-most-populated city outside of the Chicago Metropolitan Area
Nestled in the growing populous of downtown Des Moines, the Iowa Events Center is host to both entertainment and business, both regionally and nationally. The opening of the Veterans Memorial Auditorium welcomed Elvis Presley and was the center stage for the famous ‘bat-head’ incident from rocker Ozzy Osbourne. The center is also host for many business conferences, allowing for access to the downtown scenery, restaurants, and hotels the city has to offer.
The venue was challenged with so many different events going on, sometimes at the same time, and allocating bandwidth to each while still conducting its own day to day operations and communications. Event requests for Internet speeds would be ‘guestimated’ in hopes it would be enough without the flexibility to make changes the day of the event. This left them with constant issues of employees and clients being kicked off the network or maxing out the connection and then trying to explain what happened in the aftermath.
After turning to Mediacom Business’ Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions, the Iowa Events Center is now able to:
As our 2016 presidential race is underway, the Iowa Event Center is looking forward to being able to cater to the influx of people, speakers, and events, knowing that the partnership with Mediacom Business will provide the high capacity broadband these caliber of events will require and expect.
About the Iowa Events Center
Consisting of four different venue areas – the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, the Polk County Convention Complex, the Hy-Vee Hall, and the Wells Fargo Arena – plays hosts to a variety of different performing acts and conferences. Located in downtown Des Moines, the center has played host to such things as music concerts, Comic Con, and sporting events.
About Des Moines, Iowa
The capital and most populated city in the state, the city was named after the Des Moines River and has been listed as the best place for business and the wealthiest city in America. It’s one of the important cities during the US presidential elections as it’s the first location for primary caucuses.