Lit and Dark Fiber for K-12 Districts
Velocity Fiber provides dedicated strands of lit and dark fiber for school districts, and our Wide Area Network (WAN) solutions are designed to help districts grow minds rather than network costs. Our goal is to be the most cost-effective network solution over the long term, while providing districts with the robust fiber infrastructure necessary to unlock digital learning and prepare the next generation for college and careers in a globally connected world.
According to the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the top drivers for bandwidth growth are more students with devices (and more devices per student), digital content, online assessments and streaming content. Whether your district’s bandwidth demands align with CoSN’s findings or you are seeing more bandwidth demand from embedded formative assessments, maker spaces or game based learning models, with Velocity Fiber, your district will have the fiber infrastructure in place to provide students with a world class education.
In addition, Velocity Fiber’s WANs are specifically designed for K-12 districts to leverage the Second E-rate Modernization Order of 2014 including pricing options with and without Special Construction, and we work with K-12 school districts that have access to and plan to utilize state matching funds.
As a result, with our lit or dark fiber networks, districts are able to cost effectively meet or exceed the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)’s recommendation of at least 10 Gbps per 1000 users for WAN access, and thanks to our progressive WAN bandwidth upgrade options, districts can rest easy knowing they have a pathway to increase network speeds without ever increasing monthly recurring costs.
States We Can Serve K-12 Districts
What Districts Love About Our WANs
PROGRESSIVE PRICING MODEL
Increase your speed from 1 to 100 Gbps and light additional fiber strands all without ever increasing your monthly bill. In fact, your monthly recurring cost could drop 50% or more after the initial term with cumulative savings really adding up.
Our WAN Advantage
Each district edge location connects to a hub site of your choosing with twelve (12) strands of managed leased lit fiber, leased dark fiber or IRU dark fiber dedicated to your district. All Velocity Fiber WANs are high availability and high performance network solutions that support multicast and are low latency with minimal packet loss and reduced jitter.
K-12 Fiber Network Services
No matter whether you decide on lit or dark fiber, each Velocity Fiber network solution provides tremendous scalability and agility including a road map to virtually unlimited WAN bandwidth without ever increasing your monthly price.
Velocity Fiber delivers dedicated fiber strands to district locations and provides the electronics to light the fiber. Leases are typically 3 – 10 years and sometimes include district requested optional extension terms. All necessary services including monitoring and Maintenance and Operations (M&O) are included in the monthly price.
Leased dark fiber is very similar to our lit fiber service. Generally speaking, from a hardware standpoint, the only difference between our lit and dark fiber is that the district provides the electronics necessary to light the fiber. Velocity Fiber takes care of all M&O of the fiber Outside Plant (OSP), and the district has complete control over the network traffic.
Typical lease terms range between 5 and 20 years and may or may not include district requested optional extension terms. Leased dark fiber networks are ideal for school districts that desire control and flexibility of dedicated fiber without a large upfront cost or the responsibility for maintaining the outside fiber plant. Velocity Fiber’s dark fiber solutions are actually slightly less per month than lit fiber since the customer provides the electronics to light the fiber.
From a technical standpoint, IRU dark fiber is the same as leased dark fiber. Velocity Fiber still takes care of all M&O, and the school district provides the electronics to light dedicated fiber strands and has complete control of the network traffic. Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) term lengths are usually 10 – 20 years and are well suited for organizations that prefer to make a large non-recurring payment upfront to secure rights to the fiber network and then pay a reduced monthly to cover M&O.
Velocity Fiber’s WANs are dedicated internet access (DIA) neutral, meaning customers are always free to select any internet access provider available at their location, and purchase their DIA service directly through that service provider. With that said, when customers require a bundled WAN and DIA solution, we obtain pricing from all of the major providers in the area and quote the lowest pricing with our fiber WAN solutions.
If your school district owns your own fiber network already, Velocity Fiber can still maintain your fiber OSP infrastructure and customize an M&O solution that meets your objectives and budget. As is standard in the industry, we partner with OSP contractors across the country to service the outside fiber plant and serve as our local presence in the market. Then, we proactively monitor your network 24x7x365 from redundant network operation centers (NOCs) and are available to identify, diagnose and remediate faults.
We offer monitoring of devices, applications, servers, and interfaces from any equipment manufacturer. An experienced team in the 24x7x365 redundant NOC will utilize a suite of products and services to isolate, diagnose and remediate any detected fault.
Our Fiber WAN Highlights
Increase WAN speeds whenever you need to without ever increasing your monthly bill.
12 strands of fiber delivered to each district edge site for the district’s exclusive use.
As much control over the WAN as the district desires, with an experienced support team if you ever need us.
Inherent security thanks to dedicated fiber that never passes through a 3rd party facility.
Brand new fiber infrastructure with the absolute minimum possible points of failure.
Spare SFP modules to get you back online in less time than it takes to enter a trouble ticket.
With Velocity Fiber, districts have a road map to virtually unlimited WAN bandwidth without ever increasing your monthly cost.
WAN bandwidth demands are getting steeper, prices are increasing at every turn and budgets aren’t keeping pace. Problem solved!
Lit and dark fiber networks delivered by a team with extensive K-12 E-rate fiber experience and a passion for connecting the next generation.
Our Management Team
Nearly 150 years of telecom experience and a culture centered around being easy to work with, trustworthy, and the type of service provider customers are happy to call a partner.
Informative and engaging webinars for the K-12 community covering topics that matter and presented by national experts. We are always looking for webinar topics to cover too. If you have suggests, please email us. We appreciate it!
Here are upcoming events and conferences we will be attending. Drop us a quick note to let us know you’ll be there too, and let us know if you’d like to catch up for a quick introduction, grab coffee or meet up over a meal. We look forward to meeting you in person!
The Personalization of Education
The School of the Future strives to provide superintendents with a futuristic approach to all aspects of education: Methodology & Curriculum and Technology.
February 13‑15, 2020
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA
We are in a moment of rapid and profound change. Artificial Intelligence and other technologies provide new opportunities for learning and school operations while stretching the expectations of technology leaders. How do we embrace mindsets to lead through this change? How do we move from break/fix operational support to implementing a strategic vision? How can responsible technology leadership shape hearts and minds? CoSN2020 — Breakthrough Mindsets: Leading Meaningful Change — explores transformational technology leadership that positively changes the trajectory of our students and impact learning.
March 16-18, 2020
Join CoSN, ISTE, SETDA, and SIIA for a Summit focusing on the critical role of technology in transforming education. This year we’ll be focused on shaping decision makers’ opinions about the future of the E-rate, student data privacy, edtech appropriations, and the homework gap. With Congress and the political landscape shifting, this year’s Summit provides a new opportunity to tell your story about how digital learning benefits your students, teachers, families, and communities.
March 18-19, 2020
Where Dream It Becomes Do It.
June 28 – July 1, 2020
Anaheim Convention Center
Each year, the Annual SHLB Conference unites broadband champions from across the country to discuss the most pressing policy issues facing community anchor institution (CAI) broadband access. The three-day event features over a dozen breakout sessions and interactive workshops, several distinguished keynote presentations, ample networking opportunities, and much more.
October 14 – 16, 2020
Crystal City, Virginia
Free conversation. Invaluable information.
Perfect for forward thinking K-12 school districts leaders seeking solutions to impact an educational generation or longer.