Broadband.com Introduces High-Speed Internet Discount Program for all U.S. Private Schools

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Leading Online Super Aggregator Helps U.S. Private Schools Reduce Technology Costs

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Broadband.com, a leading online super aggregator for business-class Internet, announced today the creation of the Super Aggregation Management – Education (SAM-E) Project, designed to provide U.S. Private Schools with cost reductions on high-speed Internet access from the top Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the United States.

Many private schools are not eligible for the federal E-Rate program, which is designed to provide public schools, libraries, and non-profit private schools with discounted telecommunications services. Of private schools that are eligible, only 13% actually participate in the program because the application process is too complex, takes too much time, or requires too many resources (1).

“Applying for the federal E-Rate program discounts is a cumbersome process that requires participating schools to use an unnecessary amount of their limited technical resources,” said Rick Williams, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Broadband.com. “Broadband.com’s SAM-E Project provides significant savings for participating schools, while removing the inordinate amount of administrative work required by the federal E-Rate program.”

The SAM-E Project leverages the aggregated demand of all the schools, rather than the demand of each school individually, when negotiating Internet prices with the ISPs. The program also relies on a competitive bidding process in which all the top ISPs in the U.S. compete to offer the lowest price. Broadband.com, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bandwidth.com, Inc., has been using this same approach since 1999 for small, medium, and enterprise level businesses, such as Major League Baseball and British Petroleum, to negotiate lower prices and gain access to dedicated support channels from all of the major ISPs in the U.S.

More information about Broadband.com’s SAM-E Project is available at http://broadband.com/SAM-E/.

About Broadband

Broadband, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bandwidth.com, provides cost-effective, high-speed Internet access to thousands of small, medium and enterprise level businesses across the United States. By aggregating the demand of thousands of businesses and creating a marketplace where the top carriers compete, Broadband is able to offer customers lower pricing, access to dedicated carrier support channels and increased transparency into carrier performance. Broadband is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina.

1. Government Accountability Office, “Long-Term Strategic Vision Would Help Ensure Targeting of E-rate Funds to Highest-Priority Uses (GAO-09-253, March 2009)”, March 27, 2009

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