OpenDNS Announces 1 in 3 Public Schools in the United States Now Using its Service to Secure the Internet for Students, Staff

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Leading DNS and Security Provider OpenDNS Announces Unprecedented Momentum Among K-12 Schools and School Districts in the US

OpenDNS, provider of the world's leading Internet navigation and security services that make networks safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, today announced that more than one in three public schools in the United States are now using its service for Web content filtering, Internet security and a faster, more reliable Internet connection for students and staff.

To date more than 40,000 U.S. public schools have switched to OpenDNS, including some of the largest districts in the country: Baltimore City Schools, Detroit Pubic Schools and San Diego Unified School District. For many districts, the cost savings switching from a filtering appliance represents is equivalent to the full-year salary of a teacher.

"We've been using OpenDNS for over a year now," said Gus Tochoy, Network Administrator for Baltimore City Schools. "OpenDNS was very easy for us to implement and has required very little maintenance. We've found it to a valuable resource in our efforts to protect our children."

"I see no reason for a school district, or anyone for that matter, not to use OpenDNS," said Clint Hunter, Network Administrator for Campbell County Public Schools. "OpenDNS is invaluable for keeping the students of Campbell County safe online."

Squarely focused on improving the Internet, OpenDNS was started in July 2006 with the sole aim of providing a DNS service far superior to what was available at the time from Internet Service Providers. In addition to providing the fastest and most reliable DNS available, the service has grown in functionality and today provides an array of navigation and security services.

"We see this milestone as incredibly significant, and a true testament to the demand and appreciation for a better performing, more affordable content filtering and security service for our schools. Our kids deserve a safe, reliable Internet and schools shouldn't have to exhaust their budget to achieve it," said OpenDNS Founder and CEO David Ulevitch. "While one out of three is an impressive start, that means two out of three public schools are still paying too much for Web content filtering. We're working hard to raise awareness about OpenDNS at all schools in the United States, and around the world.

Additional stats about OpenDNS use among K-12 schools.

  • Six out of 10 schools in Mississippi uses OpenDNS.
  • One out of four schools in Kentucky uses OpenDNS.
  • 15 percent of schools in Maryland use OpenDNS.
  • 10 percent of schools in Oregon use OpenDNS.

Note: Data about total number of U.S. public schools, used to determine percentages using OpenDNS, was compiled using numbers from various sources, including the Center for Education Reform and the National Center for Education Statistics.

About OpenDNS
OpenDNS is the world's leading provider of Internet navigation and security services that make networks safer, faster, smarter and more reliable. Through DNS resolution, cloud-based Web content filtering and security services, OpenDNS empowers millions of households, schools and businesses to control how users navigate the Internet on their network, while dramatically increasing the network's overall performance and reliability. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit:


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