Long-term investment by school board will ensure that students benefit from leading-edge learning opportunities AURORA, ON, May 9 /CNW/ - York Region District School Board and Rogers Business Solutions have announced the completion of enhanced network connectivity for all elementary and secondary public schools in the Region in a 10-year, $15 million investment. "This high capacity network is a long-term investment by the school board that will ensure that our students benefit from the most modern learning opportunities available today," said Bill Crothers, Board Chair, York Region District School Board. "Rogers Business Solutions demonstrated that they understood our mission and our 'anytime, anywhere access vision'. This technology will allow the Board to continue to ensure that the base requirements for new technology and 21st century learning objectives are met." Rogers will provide a broadband wide area network linking all elementary and secondary schools and administrative facilities with fibre optics. The high capacity network will include the provisioning of multiple voice, data, video and Internet protocol (IP) services through a simple and cost effective design. Each of the schools will be wired with fibre optics and linked through the Rogers IP network, providing a cost-effective extension of the School Board's local area networks, using Rogers' shared IP infrastructure. The state-of-the-art network will allow students to access learning and educational resources available on the Internet, and will enable teachers to manage classroom data and information online. "Rogers is very pleased to be working with the York Region District School Board to provide leading edge network services and solutions that offer students in York Region a richer learning experience," said Tony Ciciretto, Vice President, Corporate Markets, Rogers Business Solutions. "We are committed to meeting the unique communication needs of a wide range of business and public sector organizations, building on our record of innovation and outstanding customer service." About York Region District School Board The York Region District School Board serves more than 110,000 students throughout 179 schools in the municipalities of Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Whitchurch-Stouffville and the Township of King. It is the third largest school board in Ontario, employing 10,000 teachers and administrative staff. About Rogers Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RG) is a diversified Canadian communications and media company engaged in three primary lines of business. Rogers Wireless is Canada's largest wireless voice and data communications services provider and the country's only carrier operating on the world standard GSM technology platform. Rogers Cable and Telecom is Canada's largest cable television provider offering cable television, high-speed Internet access, residential telephony services, and video retailing, while its Rogers Business Solutions division is a national provider of voice communications services, data networking, and broadband Internet connectivity to small, medium and large businesses. Rogers Media is Canada's premier collection of category leading media assets with businesses in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, publishing and sports entertainment. For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit www.rogers.com.