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York Region District School Board selects Rogers Business Solutions to provide advanced network connectivity to its students, teachers and staff in all of its 179 elementary and secondary schools

    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